Relief of King Sobekhotep III
Quartzite, overall measurements for 77.194a-c: 62 13/16 x 66 9/16 in. (159.5 x 169 cm)
Place Found: Sehel, Egypt, an island near Elephantine Island and Aswan
Second Intermediate Period, XIII Dynasty, ca. 1744-1741 B.C.E.
Brooklyn #77.194a-c, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
Corruption is the enemy of all data, digital and otherwise. The ancient piece above lost some of its data when some medieval numbskills used it for a grinding stone. "Sto-o-o-pid!" you might say. They didn't know any better.|
The ancients thought they were engraving that piece to last for all time. How much more vulnerable is the nearly ethereal digital data on which so much of our daily lives depend? It's only as secure as the weakest link in all the computers. It's a continual battle as we constantly upgrade faltering computers and data storage devices.
At least what's left of Sobekhotep III's data piece is safe now. And the info card author was able to make some surmise about the remaining aspects, crucial data not being at its center:
(From the info card:)