Sisters of Rock – GC3EY0A
Earthcache near Stalwell Victoria.
Published March 2012

The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, which stand at the front of his ruined Mortuary, the largest temple in the Theban Necropolis. The statues have stood since 1350 BC. The statues contain 107 Roman-era inscriptions in Greek and Latin, dated to between AD 20 and 250, including the Roman emperor Septimius Severus.

The tens of thousands of laborers who built the pyramids in Egypt were divided into gangs of workers—and they took credit for their efforts. Archaeologists who study the pyramids have found inscriptions such as “Drunks of Menkaure” and “Friends of Khufu Gang” on bricks at the monuments of Giza.

Lord Byron was a British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination of Europe. Although made famous by the autobiographical poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812–18) and his many love affairs, it is also known that Lord Byron had inscribed his name on the columns of the Greek Temple of Poseidon in Sounion.

Outside the Arsenal in Venice stands a large marble lion taken as booty by Francesco Morosini from the Greek port of Piraeus in 1687. It is estimated that the Greek statue was first carved in 360BC. Visible on the shoulders of the Piraeus Lion are the remnants of Viking graffiti carved in the 11th century.

Over 11,000 graffiti samples have been uncovered in the excavations of Pompeii. Most of the graffiti archaeologists were able to uncover took the form of friendly messages and games. Many of these recorded graffiti were found in public areas. One popular term found in many of the discovered graffiti in Pompeii was calos, a Latin translation of the Greek word for beauty.

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Active since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls and bridges throughout the world. Banksy’s work is treasured.

So is graffiti bad or just a historical record. Every one has an opinion. What is yours?