* archaeological sites
The library in the ancient city of Ephesus in the western Turkish coastal city of Izmir.
Herodium from above. Herodium or Herodionis a truncated cone-shaped hill, located (7.5 mi) south of Jerusalem and (3.1 mi) southeast of Bethlehem, in the Judean desert (the West Bank). Herod the Great built a fortress, a palace, and a small town in Herodium, between 23 and 15 BCE, and is believed to have been buried there. Herodium is (2,487 ft) above sea level, the highest peak in the Judean desert.
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10,000-year-old house unearthed in Israel Live Science: At a road construction site in Israel, archaeologists say they’ve found some stunning finds, including stone axes, a “cultic” temple and traces of a 10,000-year-old house. The excavation took place at Eshtaol, located about 15 miles west of Jerusalem, in preparation of the widening of an Israeli road.
Preserved Ship Archaeologists announced in March of 2006 that an excavation near the Red Sea had unearthed a shipyard containing the world's oldest sea-faring ships. The artifacts, such as wooden planks and cargo boxes, suggest that Egyptians had set sail 4,000 years ago.
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Celtic: Achnabreck, a horned spiral, Cairnbaan, Scotland. The largest expanse of rock art in Great Britain, with rings, cups, and gutters, as well as some curious motifs like this horned spiral. Scholars are slowly revealing some of this Neolithic rock art’s secrets, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever know just what the symbols mean.
This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. Barely 58 km from Chennai at Mahabalipuram, South India. The temple town which was a seaport, is believed to be over two thousand years old and has approximately forty monuments including the largest open-air bas-relief in the world.
Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in the Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture.
The ruins at Monte Albán - Oaxaca, Mexico
Possible representation of Orion and Sirius HIGHLY DECORATED Kerbstone 52 at Newgrange is probably the finest decorated stone of neolithic origin in Ireland, and certainly one of the most decorative in Europe. Located at the Northwestern side of the great kerb, it is diametrically opposite the entrance stone, Kerb 1, and features a vertical line in the centre. This stone faces in the direction of Summer Solstice sunset.
Shicheng City (literally, Lion City). The city of nearly 1,339 years of age, situated in east China’s Zhejiang Province, has been submerged under Qiandao Lake since 1959 for the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station. International archeologists vividly named the city submerged in water 'time capsule.' Stairs in ancient houses, walls, and memorial arches remain the same as they were thousands of years ago.
This is the Ballymacdermot Cairn located in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. This monument, lying on the slopes of Ballymacdermot Mountain close to Newry, is an extremely well preserved Neolithic burial site with three chambers. It can be dated between 4000 and 2500 BC. Locally known as 'The Fairy Ring', and is reputed to be haunted. Capture here under full moon with a ring of Fire by means of oil lantern.
In the Sahara Desert in Egypt lie the oldest known astronomically aligned stones in the world: Nabta. Over one thousand years before the creation of Stonehenge, people built a stone circle and other structures on the shoreline of a lake that has long since dried up. Over 6,000 years ago, stone slabs three meters high were dragged over a kilometer to create the site. Shown above is one of the stones that remains. Little is known about the ultimate purpose of Nabta and the nature of the people who
Nabta, Egypt is the oldest known site with astronomically aligned stones. Over one thousand years before the creation of Stonehenge, people built a stone circle and other structures on the shoreline of a lake that has since dried up. Over 6,000 years ago, stone slabs three meters high were dragged over a kilometer to create the site.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over an approximately 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC.
The first Archaeology Photos of Machu Picchu were taken by (Photograph by Hiram Bingham). “In 1912, Yale University professor and explorer Hiram Bingham was searching in the Peruvian Andes for the ancient Inca capital of Vilcabamba when he and his guide stumbled onto one of the greatest archaeological finds in history…the lost city of Machu Picchu.”
"Shapur's Parade" at Naqsh E Rostam (Iran) Naqsh-e Rajab is an archaeological site just east of Istakhr and about 12 km north of Persepolis. Together with Naqsh-e Rustam, which lies less than a kilometer away, the site is part of the Marvdasht cultural complex. Naqsh-e Rajab is the site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era.
Tuzigoot National Monument, Photographer: Meghann M. Vance, Northern Arizona University.