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Is your stack of reading material on the nightstand getting low? If so, consider an interesting new book that’s just been published. Cities, by anthropologist and UCLA professor Monica L. Smith, takes an entertaining and enlightening look at the development of the world’s cities. Smith illustrates her points using personal archaeological fieldwork experiences in Egypt, ... Read More >Read More >
The country of Jordan has much to recommend it. Its centerpiece, ancient Petra, should be on every world traveler’s bucket list, but we also love Jerash, just an hour’s drive from the capital city of Amman. Here stand the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, originally founded circa 331 B.C. by Alexander the ... Read More >Read More >
As if there weren’t already enough incredible treasures to hold your attention in Egypt…
Last week, Egyptian authorities announced that archaeologists had unearthed a 4,400-year-old tomb in the necropolis of Sakkara, just outside Cairo.
The tomb dates from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, a king of the Fifth Dynasty, which governed from 2500 to 2350 ... Read More >Read More >
Excavations at Al Wusta in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud Desert uncovered this human phalanx. According to lead archaeologists Huw Groucutt and Michael ... Read More >Read More >
Speaking of site preservation, the Indian government has announced that as of this month, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is restricting the number of visitors allowed inside the building. A UNESCO World Heritage site and India’s most recognizable icon, the Taj draws about 8 million (international and local) visitors annually and about 60,000 ... Read More >Read More >
Ninety-seven years of hosting visitors can really be hard on a 3,300-year-old body. Just ask the team from the Getty Conservation Institute, which has partnered with the Egyptian government to restore the tomb of King Tut in Egypt.
On a visit to Egypt in the fall of 2018, enter the completely restored tomb yourself.
Sealed for ... Read More >Read More >
Since its discovery two decades ago in Chile’s Atacama Desert, a tiny mummy has been generating rumors among the locals and the world at large. Have the fantastic stories finally been disproved?
In 2003, a six-inch-long “humanoid” mummy was found, and before long “Ata” was labelled Earth’s first mummified alien. Rumors were further fueled by ... Read More >Read More >
7 Nov 2017Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Culture, History, R. Crusoe recommends, Tidbits & trivia
The tiny island nation of Sri Lanka, just off India’s southern tip, is about the same size as West Virginia, but it boasts a remarkable six UNESCO World Heritage sites. No surprise, once you know that the history of the island stretches back to the ninth century B.C. (though prehistoric humans inhabited the island ... Read More >Read More >
The day of 26 October 2019 will mark the 34th anniversary of the return of Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) to its traditional owners, the indigenous Anangu people of the Northern Territory, Australia. But that date is now even more significant to the Anangu, since it will also be the day that climbing the ... Read More >Read More >