rlange - 1:56 pm on Jul 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
This implies that the original htaccess is unchanged and is sitting wherever it was all along. If it had been overwritten, deleting new material wouldn't bring the old stuff back. So you're looking at two htaccess files, new and old, in different directories.
Good point. Still, Apache should be applying directives within all .htaccess files it finds in the path to the requested resource.