Archaeology: Salvation for Abu Simbel

For five years the problem was attacked by the world's most imaginative engineers. Scheme after intricate scheme was devised on their drawing boards. Offer after expensive offer was made to save the great Egyptian temple at Abu Simbel from the waters that will soon rise behind the Aswan Dam. Which method would finally be chosen to preserve that magnificent relic of a lost civilization? While the world waited for an answer, each new suggestion drew new publicity while the money raisers raced against time to collect enough cash to pay what seemed sure to be an astronomical bill.

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