"I came across this picture while sorting literally thousands of papers and photos late last year (2012). On the back of it was a date, '1922,' a lot number, a warehouse location, and a couple of non-English names, maybe photographers. There were a few 'reference' numbers, a couple lines of illegible faded text, and what looked like coffee stains.
"My supervisor identified part of the lot number as belonging to a warehouse that was demolished in the 1970's, its contents having been transferred to a new facility deep inside a mountain in Virginia. I later found some documents with the same lot number, that made references to a collection of photographs of an object that was first discovered around the end of World War I, surveyed and *retrieved* between 1920 and 1923. The location was given as, approx. 39 degrees, 41 minutes north, 44 degrees, 24 minutes east, on the flank of a peak called 'Little Ararat,' in Iran (now Turkey).
"This is a photograph of a photograph, which was under glass--that might explain the 'double exposure' appearance. Without offering an opinion as to what the object in the photograph is, I will say that it brings to mind the final scene in the first Indiana Jones movie. I did make some efforts to find out more, until I was told to 'let it go' if I wanted to keep my internship."
(This was the content of the email. I did not know the sender.)
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