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After digging to a depth of 100 metres last year,  Russian scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 1000 years, and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network one thousand years ago.

So, not to be outdone, in the weeks that followed, American scientists made excavations to 200 metres and made a startling discovery.  The headlines in the US papers read: "US scientists have found traces of 2000 year old optical fibre, and have concluded that their ancestors already had advanced high-tech digital telephones 1000 years earlier than the Russians."

One week later, the Zambian newspapers reported the following: "After digging as deep as 500 metres , Zambian scientists have found absolutely nothing. They have concluded that 5000 years ago, their ancestors were already using wireless technology. 

July 2006 Swakopmund Trip
Camping in the Erongo Mountains

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