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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. ...

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...

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...

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...

Postcards From Carcassonne: Exploring A Medieval French Village

Postcards From Carcassonne: Exploring A Medieval French Village May 1st, 2013 at 11:00AM: While on a film production in southern France (no really, for this), we were cruising along the autoroute between Toulouse and Narbonne. I was in the driver's seat, which, for the record, is not the spot you want to be in while driving through this part of France. You get the occasional glimpse at the countryside, but as the sun shines and the southern landscape passes by, you definitely want...

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...

China To Demolish Ancient Temple To Bolster World Heritage Site Bid

China To Demolish Ancient Temple To Bolster World Heritage Site Bid Apr 16th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Chinese officials have announced a controversial plan to demolish a number of buildings at an ancient Buddhist temple located in the city of Xi'an in the province of Shaanxi. This drastic move is intended to improve the site's possibilities for being designated a World Heritage Site, even as the inhabitants of the temple express their displeasure over the idea. The 1300-year-old Xingjiao Temple...

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...

Rhino Population On The Rebound In Nepal's Chitwan National Park

Rhino Population On The Rebound In Nepal's Chitwan National Park Apr 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Most people visit Nepal for the opportunity to go climbing and trekking in the High Himalaya, but the country isn't comprised solely of snow-capped peaks. In fact, Nepal actually has a region of subtropical lowlands that feel like they are a world away from the mountains that have made the country so famous. One of the main attractions for travelers in these lowlands is the Chitwan National Park,...

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...

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...

Creationist Audio Tour Removed From Giant's Causeway

Creationist Audio Tour Removed From Giant's Causeway Oct 3rd, 2012 at 4:00PM: The National Trust has removed a controversial creationist segment in their audio presentation from the visitor center at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, the BBC reports. The National Trust, which manages the geological marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site, opened a new visitors center there in July. Soon there were numerous complaints about one segment of the audio tour that stated...

Syrian Civil War Fueled By Illegal Antiquities Trade

Syrian Civil War Fueled By Illegal Antiquities Trade Sep 14th, 2012 at 12:00PM: We've reported before here on Gadling how the unrest in Syria has led to the damage of much of that nation's archaeological heritage. Now Time magazine reports that the Syrian Civil War has led to a huge trade in illegal antiquities that may be lengthening the war. Smugglers and antiquities dealers in Lebanon told the magazine that both the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian government are...

Video: Virtual Tour Of Maeshowe, Scotland

Aug 30th, 2012 at 2:30PM: I recently had the good fortune to visit the Orkney Islands to the north of Scotland and saw that region's amazing prehistoric archaeology. One of the most impressive monuments was the large vaulted burial chamber of Maeshowe. It was built around 2700 B.C., making it older than the pyramids at Giza, and is a masterpiece of stonework. Maeshowe is also famous for its much later (but still old)...

Amazing 3-D Laser Scan Of Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches In Ethiopia

Aug 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: Of all the incredible monuments in Ethiopia, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are by far the most impressive. Starting in the 12th century A.D., Ethiopian rulers dug a series of churches out of the solid bedrock. This architecture-in-reverse creates a bizarre and otherworldly scene. As you walk along the exposed rock, you come across giant holes in the stone filled with churches. Narrow...

Google Street View Offers Virtual Trips Around Mexico's Ancient Monuments

Google Street View Offers Virtual Trips Around Mexico's Ancient Monuments Aug 22nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: We've talked a lot about Google Street View here on Gadling. It seems that every month a new attraction is added to this amazing and somewhat sinister application. The latest is a series of views of the great monuments of Mexico. Google has been cooperating with the National Institute of Anthropology and History to take images of important sites such as Teotihuacan, Palenque and Chichen Itza....

The Leaning Colosseum Of Rome

The Leaning Colosseum Of Rome Jul 31st, 2012 at 1:00PM: Rome's iconic Colosseum is beginning to tilt, the Guardian newspaper reports. The stadium where gladiators used to hack away at one another to cheering crowds has developed a distinct slant, with one side being 40 centimeters (15.7 inches) lower than the other. Archaeologists have been studying the tilt for a year and have confirmed that it is real and could pose a threat to the monument's...

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