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Who can wait for when they do? The major monuments of this area are the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. According to ancient Mexican legend, the Pyramid of the Sun marks the place where time began. Bisecting the site, the Avenue of the Dead, labeled as such by Spanish conquerors who thought the buildings were tombs, is flanked with flat-topped temples, perhaps the most prominent of which is the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, where in recent years numerous human bones have been discovered. Some scientists think these bones are the remains of a mass human sacrifice, whose purpose was to consecrate the temple. One popular theory likens this ancient metropolis to a kind of model of the solar system.
In , a team of scientists placed a muon detector in a tunnel beneath the Pyramid of the Sun, hoping to discover hidden chambers in the monument. Muons, essentially cosmic ray remnants from deep space, can penetrate solid mass, though the denser the mass the more particles are blocked, providing images of rarefactions for investigators. Artist's depiction of ancient Stonehenge at the summer solstice sunrise. Stonehenge is as old as the Pyramids of Egypt and perhaps just as enigmatic. Nobody knows for sure how or why it was built. See the June issue of National Geographic. For many years scientists have theorized that Stonehenge was an astronomical observatory or calendar, because of stone alignments with the winter and summer solstices.
It also could have been a burial ground, as human bones have been found in the area. Some experts think these could be the remains of sacrificial victims. And, according to an article in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine, some archaeologists think the megaliths at the monument, particularly the so-called bluestones, could have been used for healing purposes. One thing about Stonehenge remains certain - it will continue to amaze for years to come.
The Maya built this ancient metropolis about C. The city flourished until when a revolt and civil war broke out. Perhaps the most prominent edifice of the city is El Castillo the Castle or Temple of Kukulkan, a multi-tiered pyramid whose steps cast the shadow of a moving serpent at the spring and fall equinoxes. The Moche culture flourished along the northern coast of Peru from to C. The Moche built an elaborate system of canals, as well as many adobe temples or huacas, as they are called there, particularly the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna or pyramids of the sun and the moon, respectively. Excavated since the s, various impressive Moche ruins have been heavily damaged by looters, first by the Spanish conquistadors looking for gold and other riches, and later by local tomb robbers in search of valuable artifacts which can be sold on the black market.
The Moche, like many other ancient Peruvian civilizations, were a warlike people who engaged in human sacrifice and ritualized executions. Interestingly, the Moche suffered from extreme weather conditions around C. The Ziggurat of Ur is the finest example of Sumerian architecture. The Sumerians invented writing—and many other things—about 5, years ago.
Built about B. Dedicated to the Nanna, the Moon-God, this temple was rebuilt by many kings, the last of whom Nabonidus of Babylon, whom the invading Persians wrested from power in B. The ziggurat, in general, represented the religious nexus of the Mesopotamian cultures of the ancient Middle East, providing a platform, if you will, from which a man or woman could interact with the gods and perhaps receive a favor or two in the process. This palatial complex, from to acres or more in size or about the area of three football fields, included a bronze statue of Nero some 30 meters high. Known as the Colossus Neronis, the statue disappeared sometime between the fourth and seventh centuries C. What remained was soon covered with 40 feet of dirt so the Baths of Trajan, the Temple of Venus, the Flavian Amphitheater and the Baths of Titus could be built upon it.
Fortunately this dirt protected the frescoes, mosaics and other artworks from moisture, which can degrade archaeological sites. The ruins of the Domus Aurea lay underground and forgotten for centuries, until rediscovered in the late fifteenth century, when artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo descended through these ruins of Roman antiquity, the sight of which influencing their artwork and that of many other artists for centuries to come. Only 30 per cent of the Domus Aurea has been uncovered and much of the rest is deteriorating rapidly, as vaults and galleries collapse. A pilot project has been undertaken to lessen the weight above the Domus Aurea by thousands of kilograms, before more of the Domus succumbs to gravity, moisture and earthquakes.
Many millions of dollars is needed to continue excavations and restoration at the Domus Aurea, so if you want to donate to the cause, please do so! Petra, the so-called rose-red city was built by the Nabataeans about the time of the birth of Christ. Carved from the native red sandstone, the city is a marvel of the ancient world, particularly when one realizes that it was built in the inhospitable Jordanian desert. In fact, without the construction of numerous cisterns, the city would have been impossible to maintain. Perhaps the most arresting portion of the site is the so-called Treasury of Pharaoh at the main entrance to Petra. This entrance was used in a scene for the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The portal to this entrance seems to beckon one into a mysterious, perhaps dangerous world, into which one should think twice before entering! Another amazing area of Petra is the royal tombs, also carved into a cliff face, the architecture of which is an equivalent of seventeenth-century baroque. Once the spice trade, which traveled through the area, became diverted by maritime routes, Petra was slowly abandoned to the shepherds and, of course, eventually, the tourists. Also, local developers, hoping to make profits from the site, have damaged many of the buildings during the construction of septic tanks, roads and hotels. Perhaps the finest archaeological ruin in what is now the United States, Cliff Palace was built by the Anasazi, a tribe of pueblo Indians, about years ago and then abandoned some one and a half to two centuries later, probably as the result of a lengthy drought in the American Southwest.
The ruin, located in Mesa Verde National Park near the Four Corners region in the state of Colorado, holds over rooms and 23 kivas round sunken ceremonial areas. This cliff dwelling was essentially an apartment building, though some archaeologists think it was a center place for all residents of the Mesa Verde region. As a sidebar, due to the discovery of human bones with telltale markings at certain other sites, some scientists think the Anasazi may have practiced a form of ritualized cannibalism. In the late s and early s, Cliff Palace was heavily damaged by looters, curiosity seeks and even so-called scientists.
Looting of archaeological sites is a major problem throughout the American Southwest. Fortunately Cliff Palace is now protected by the federal government. Caral is the site of what may be the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere. Constructed some 4, years ago in what is now the Norte Chico region of Peru, just north of Lima in the Supe Valley, Caral ranks on the short list of regions, along with Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, as the first to develop what most people would call civilization. Covering acres, the site is one of the largest in Peru, a country with the most archaeological sites in South America. The site contains six pyramids, some originally as high as 70 feet, circular plazas and massive monumental architecture.
Numerous artifacts have been found at the site, including flutes made from pelican and condor bones and cornets fashioned from llama and deer bones, suggesting the site may have heard its share of music. The site was occupied for perhaps a millennium and then abandoned for some reason. Competition from other nearby cities is considered the probable cause.
Artist's depiction of the Acropolis of Athens in C. The Erechtheum with Caryatids huge female statues at the Acropolis of Athens. Perhaps the greatest architectural achievement of the legendary Gold Age of Greece, the Acropolis of Athens is a spectacular sight, even in ruins, and its historical significance would be very hard to qualify. Comprising 21 archaeological attractions—the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheum, the Theatre of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena Nike, and many others—the Acropolis was constructed by the direction of Pericles, a Greek statesman, general and lover of the arts. It was built upon an outcropping of rock nearly feet high. Over the centuries, the various buildings of the Acropolis have suffered from age, natural disasters, pollution, misguided repairs and acts of war; in fact, in , during the Morean War, the Parthenon, being used as a storage site for gunpowder, was hit by an artillery shell and badly damaged.
And during the Greek War of Independence in the s, the Acropolis, by this time used as a fortress, was besieged once again. In present times, parts of the Acropolis, particularly the Parthenon, have undergone extensive restoration, which may continue for many years, as long as funding is available, of course. As is the case with many ancient cities in the Middle East, Jerusalem comprises as veritable layer cake of different civilizations going back at least 3, years. So far, scientists have found some of the limestone steps for this ancient avenue. Located in modern Libya and founded by the Phoenicians in the seven century B. The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu meets the conditions of integrity, as the natural and human-made attributes and values that sustain its Outstanding Universal value are mostly contained within its boundaries.
The visual ensemble linking the main archaeological site of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu with its striking mountain environment remains mostly intact. It is desirable to extend the property to encompass an even broader spectrum of human-land relationships, additional cultural sites, such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and a larger part of the Urubamba watershed would contribute to strengthening the overall integrity. In particular, the value for the conservation of the many rare and endemic species of flora and fauna would benefit from the inclusion or a stronger management consideration of the adjacent lands. A considerable number of well-documented threats render the property vulnerable to losing its future integrity and will require permanent management attention.
Upon the abandonment of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu at the beginning of the sixteenth century, vegetation growth and isolation ensured the conservation of the architectural attributes of the property. Although the design, materials and structures have suffered slight changes due to the decay of the fabric, the conditions of authenticity have not changed. The rediscovery in , and subsequent archaeological excavations and conservation interventions have followed practices and international standards that have maintained the attributes of the property.
The boundaries of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu are clearly defined and the protected area is surrounded by a buffer zone exceeding the size of the property. The Management Unit of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu UGM was established in to lead the strategies contained in the Master Plans, which are the regularly updated governing documents for the management of the property. Notwithstanding the adequate legislative and formal management framework, there are important challenges to the inter-institutional governance and the effectiveness of management and protection of the property.
The dispersed legislation would benefit from further harmonization and despite existing efforts the involvement of various ministries and governmental levels ranging from local to national remains a complex task, including in light of the sharing of the significant tourism revenues. Tourism itself represents a double-edged sword by providing economic benefits but also by resulting in major cultural and ecological impacts.
The strongly increasing number of visitors to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu must be matched by an adequate management regulating access, diversifying the offer and efforts to fully understand and minimize impacts. A larger appropriate and increasing share of the significant tourism revenues could be re-invested in planning and management. The planning and organization of transportation and infrastructure construction, as well as the sanitary and safety conditions for both tourists and new residents attracted by tourism requires the creation of high quality and new long-term solutions, and is a significant ongoing concern.
Since the time of inscription consistent concerns have been expressed about ecosystem degradation through logging, firewood and commercial plant collection, poor waste management, poaching, agricultural encroachment in the absence of clear land tenure arrangements, introduced species and water pollution from both urban waste and agro-chemicals in the Urubamba River, in addition from pressures derived from broader development in the region.
It is important to remember that the overall risks are aggravated by the location in a high altitude with extreme topography and weather conditions and thus susceptibility to natural disasters. Continuous efforts are needed to comply with protected areas and other legislation and plans and prevent further degradation. There is also great potential for restoring degraded areas. About us. Special themes. Major programmes. Meet the Vikings primary resource Learn all about the legendary warriors and their way of life. Ancient Greeks primary resource Learn about life under Ancient Greek rule in this fun comic strip. Anglo Saxons primary resource Explore the secrets that artifacts reveal about the Anglo Saxons.
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