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Ancient City Of Mohenjodaro May Disappear In Twenty Years

Ancient City Of Mohenjodaro May Disappear In Twenty Years Oct 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Wikimedia Commons The remains of the world's oldest planned city may crumble to dust in twenty years if action isn't taken, the Telegraph reports. Mohenjodaro, a 5,000 year-old city in Pakistan, is under threat from extreme temperatures and monsoon rains, which leave deposits of salt on the unbaked clay bricks that were used to create its buildings. That salt leeches out any moisture in the...

Spanish Cave Paintings Discovered to be Some of the Oldest in Europe

Spanish Cave Paintings Discovered to be Some of the Oldest in Europe Sep 26th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Image courtesy GipuzkoaKultura Cave paintings at the Altxerri cave system in the Basque region of northern Spain are about 39,000 years old, making them some of the oldest in Europe, Popular Archaeology reports. A team of French and Spanish scientists analyzed the paintings, which include images such as the bison shown here, as well as finger marks, a feline, a bear, an unidentified animal...

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light Sep 3rd, 2013 at 10:30AM: Stonehenge is the world's most iconic prehistoric monument. Scientists have argued about its significance for generations, but few have been allowed to excavate there. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson is one of those lucky few, and he's documented his finds in a new book. Stonehenge: A New Understanding chronicles a seven-year excavation of Stonehenge and the surrounding countryside. ...

Mount Fuji And More Designated As UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Mount Fuji And More Designated As UNESCO World Heritage Sites Jun 23rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Midori, Wikimedia Commons On Saturday, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee announced this year's newly inscribed locations to their list of World Heritage Sites from their 37th session in Cambodia. Each year, the UN agency evaluates the most culturally and naturally significant sites that have been proposed to them from countries around the world. Then, they elect the most outstanding to be put...

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites Jun 18th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Richard Ling via WikiMedia This past Sunday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) kicked off its annual conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Over the next ten days, the 1300 delegates in attendance will discuss which new locations from around the globe deserve possible inclusion on its exclusive list of World Heritage Sites. Some of the candidates include...

The Kimchi-ite: Hahoe, A Korean Village That Time Barely Touched

The Kimchi-ite: Hahoe, A Korean Village That Time Barely Touched Jun 15th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Jonathan Kramer, Gadling Less than an hour bus ride outside of the nondescript city of Andong in central South Korea, a little village doesn't just hold onto the past, it embodies it. Hahoe Folk Village (pronounced Hahwe) has been inhabited for well over 600 years, with many artifacts and buildings considered to be Korean national treasures. Today, it stands as a unique relic for visitors to...

UNESCO Reports Damage To Timbuktu Worse Than Previously Reported

UNESCO Reports Damage To Timbuktu Worse Than Previously Reported Jun 12th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Emilio Labrador A team from UNESCO has visited Timbuktu in Mali to make its first on-the-ground assessment of the damage caused by last year's occupation by the Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith). The group took over Timbuktu in April 2012 and imposed a harsh form of Shariah law. Believing the city's famous shrines and medieval manuscripts to be against Islam, even though they...

Photo Of The Day: Koyasan, Japan's Temple Town

Photo Of The Day: Koyasan, Japan's Temple Town Jun 7th, 2013 at 6:00PM: hktang, Flickr Between the gentle peaks of the Kii moutain range, just south of Osaka, sit over 100 Buddhist temples in a beautifully dense forest. This seemingly hidden town of Koyasan, has possibly the densest concentration of temples anywhere in Japan, all of startlingly different architectural styles, from the simple to the ridiculous, none of which are any less than astounding. Xiaojun Deng...

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains May 31st, 2013 at 5:00PM: VernsPics, Flickr Just outside of Sydney, Australia's city limits are the Blue Mountains. The region has gorgeous plateaus and cliffs that are covered in lush greenery that seem as though they have never been touched. Flickr user VernsPics slept in a cave and rose with the sun to get this unbelievable sunrise peeking through the clouds. If you have a great travel shot, submit it to our...

Could Bahrain Become The Next Big Heritage Tourism Destination?

Could Bahrain Become The Next Big Heritage Tourism Destination? May 21st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Desert Island Boy, flickr The tiny Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain is home to one of the most mysterious ancient civilizations of the Middle East. Archaeologists have long known about a civilization called Dilmun. It's mentioned in many Mesopotamian texts as a wealthy place of "sweet water." Even the Epic of Gilgamesh mentions it, but all the sources were vague about its location. It...

Gambia And UK Open Fort Bullen Museum, A Bastion Against The Slave Trade

Gambia And UK Open Fort Bullen Museum, A Bastion Against The Slave Trade Apr 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: A fort in The Gambia that was instrumental in stopping the slave trade has been given a new museum, the Daily Observer reports. Fort Bullen was one of two forts at the mouth of the River Gambia, placed there in 1826 to stop slave ships from sailing out into the Atlantic. It stands on the north bank of the river, and along with Fort James on the south bank constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage...

Industry Destroys Part Of The Nazca Lines

Industry Destroys Part Of The Nazca Lines Apr 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: A limestone quarrying company operating illegally within the bounds of the Nazca Lines has destroyed some of the enigmatic figures. The archaeology news feed Past Horizons reports that heavy machinery removing limestone from a nearby quarry has damaged 150 meters (492 feet) of lines along with completely destroying a 60-meter (197-foot) trapezoid. So far the more famous animal figures have...

Photo Of The Day: Sketching In Angkor Wat

Photo Of The Day: Sketching In Angkor Wat Apr 5th, 2013 at 6:00PM: As the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat is truly massive, taking hours to get just a cursory view of the temple complex. While it is Cambodia's prime attraction, there are still plenty of corners in which to find your own personal space, which is exactly what this sketch artist is doing inside Banteay Kdei. Known as the "Citadel of Chambers," monks still lived inside up...

Photo Of The Day: Morning Landscapes Of Hampi, India

Photo Of The Day: Morning Landscapes Of Hampi, India Mar 15th, 2013 at 6:00PM: The sun rises over boulders, the Tungabhadra River and the ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire's former capital to make a gorgeous golden landscape in today's Photo Of The Day, taken by Arun Bhat. Located in southwest India, this tide of rocks and history are a part of the Hampi World Heritage Site. At its height, the ancient capital was the largest city in the world. Now, it's home to countless...

The Kimchi-ite: Jeju Island, An Escape From The Metropolis

The Kimchi-ite: Jeju Island, An Escape From The Metropolis Mar 1st, 2013 at 11:00AM: In many corners of the world, winter offers nothing but a biting cold that demands we stay indoors until the flowers start to bloom. But with spring stretching its legs, it's time we start to do the same. The best way to mentally prepare for spring and summer is to reminisce about trips from the past and to plan a new travel adventure built around shorts and sandals. Here in Korea,...

Tallinn's Medieval Old Town

Tallinn's Medieval Old Town Feb 18th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Tallinn is a medieval wonderland. The capital of Estonia isn't on a lot of people's bucket list but anyone at all interested in history, architecture or art will love this place. The central attraction is Old Town, a medieval walled city filled with old buildings and fortifications. The sheltered bay and the easily defended Toompea Hill made it a natural place to settle. Sometime about 1050...

Israel Restores Ancient City

Israel Restores Ancient City Feb 1st, 2013 at 4:00PM: The government of Israel has just completed a $2 million restoration of the ancient Nabatean city of Avdat, The Jewish Press reports. Avdat is in the Negev Desert and was one of the westernmost points on an extensive incense trade network the Nabateans built stretching as far as the southern Saudi peninsula that flourished from the 3rd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D. Incense was...

Damage To Timbuktu's Antiquities Not As Bad As Originally Thought

Damage To Timbuktu's Antiquities Not As Bad As Originally Thought Feb 1st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Earlier this week we reported on the possible destruction of Timbuktu's collection of medieval manuscripts. Now it turns out those initial reports were exaggerated. Timbuktu in Mali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its many shrines to Muslim saints and its collection of some 300,000 manuscripts dating as far back as the beginning of the 13th century. They're in several languages and...

Did Islamists Destroy The Priceless Medieval Manuscripts Of Timbuktu?

Did Islamists Destroy The Priceless Medieval Manuscripts Of Timbuktu? Jan 29th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Timbuktu is now safe from the ravages of the Islamists of northern Mali, thanks to a French-led offensive that has been kicking some fundamentalist derrière for the past couple of weeks. Since April 2012, the city had been under the control of Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) who imposed a harsh version of Sharia law, cutting the hands off thieves, flogging men for talking to women in...

New Agers Trash Mayan Pyramid At 'End Of The World' Party

New Agers Trash Mayan Pyramid At 'End Of The World' Party Dec 26th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Revelers at an Apocalypse party at the ancient Mayan site of Tikal in Guatemala have damaged one of the pyramids, AFP reports. Temple II, built at Tikal's height around 700 A.D., was damaged when a crowd of partygoers ignored signs saying it was off-limits and climbed up it anyway. An official at the site didn't reveal how extensive the damage was but did say it was permanent. About 7,000...

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