R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

25 Jul 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Culture

The Inca: A (very) brief history.

On a visit to Peru, you’ll learn about the incredible Inca, who were responsible for some of the country’s most amazing sites. Machu Picchu, of course. Ollantaytambo. Coricancha. Sacsayhuaman…

Here’s a short history of the Inca to get you oriented in time.

Peru’s population can be traced back to 2500 B.C., when farmers and fishermen ... Read More >

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18 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Literature, R. Crusoe recommends

Feeling bookish?

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 >

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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Travel with us

Spotlight on Jordan.

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 >

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19 Dec 2018
Posted in Archaeology, History, News, Travel with us

Necropolis newsbeat.

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 >

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4 Oct 2018
Posted in Archaeology, Art, Culture, News

A tomb opens…and more.

More than 80 years ago, Egyptologist Zaki Saad discovered an intact tomb near Giza, Egypt, home of the Great Pyramids. Since the discovery, the tomb has been closed to the public for restoration work.

Near the home of the Great Pyramids is the tomb of Mehu in Sakkara, Egypt.

The work now completed, this ... Read More >

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12 Apr 2018
Posted in Archaeology, News

Out of Africa.

The discovery of a single human finger bone from about 86,000 years ago has led scientists to the conclusion that Stone Age humans fanned out of Africa and into Asia via the Arabian Peninsula.

Excavations at Al Wusta in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud Desert uncovered this human phalanx. According to lead archaeologists Huw Groucutt and Michael ... Read More >

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The Taj gets a breather.

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 >

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5 Apr 2018
Posted in Archaeology, Culture, History, News

The dangers of heavy traffic.

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 >

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29 Mar 2018
Posted in Archaeology, History, Tidbits & trivia

A desert myth, debunked?

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 >

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Sri Lanka, treasury of world heritage.

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 >

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