DateFebruary 05, 2015
If you marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of early civilizations, then you will be inspired by these six wonders of the ancient world.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramids, Khufu (Cheops), Khafra (Chepren) and Merkaura (Mycerimus), Khufu being the tallest at 13 acres large, are the only ancient wonders in the world to have survived until today. These royal tombs were designed as an ode to the sun god, Ra, with interiors that contained narrow corridors and hidden chambers in an attempt to foil grave robbers. The pyramids were constructed between 2700 B.C. and 2500 B.C, and are believed by scientists to have been constructed
DateJanuary 16, 2015
The Ancient Dam of Marib, in Yemen, was constructed during the 6th to 8th Centuries BC, or BCE, in what was the capital city of the Sabaean Kingdom, which many scholars believe to be the Sheba of biblical notoriety. The dam measured just under 60 feet high and spanned a distance of over 2,100 feet in length, which is almost twice as long as the great Hoover Dam which borders the U.S. States of Arizona and Nevada.
Even though it was never recognized as one of the official “Wonders of the World,” the Ancient Dam of Marib is regarded as one of the greatest feats of engineering of the pre-industrial age, complete with gates, canals, sluic
DateJanuary 09, 2015
Ancient Egyptians had very strong beliefs about the soul, especially its existance after death. Mummification became a very important part of these beliefs.
Scholars believe that the idea of mummification amongst the Egyptians was found by accident. Originally, they buried their dead in shallow holes, which brought the corpses in contact with the heat and dryness of the desert sand. This caused the corpses to remain relatively intact. Later, when tombs started to be built, the Egyptians found that the bodies did not stay so well-preserved. A process was developed to keep the body from decomposing even within the tombs. This process is know
DateDecember 31, 2014
The Derinkuyu underground city is one of a handful of ancient marvels anthropologists fell in love with after its re-discovery in 1963. Of course this secret city of underground tunnels and doorways was in use far before academics were able to lay their hands on the historical landmark. During the nineteenth century, Greeks used the tunnels as effective hideaways when pogroms and other political agendas were being conducted by the ruling Ottomans. Historical theories reach back even farther to 10,000 years ago when the city was first excavated. Derinkuyu is cyclically discovered and abandoned several times over the course of history mostly be
DateDecember 23, 2014
The Nazca Lines from Peru are a famous part of culture that have been studied, analyzed and sought after for years, and continue to gain interest and gazers as the years tick by. The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs (a large design or motif produced on the ground and formed by elements) that are located in the Nazca Desert in the southern area of Peru. These tall and arid plateaus stretch more than 50 miles between the two towns of Nazca and Palpa, which is just south of Lima. Most studiers and scholars believe that they were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. There are hundreds of different designs and figures