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Virginia to test Natural Bridge arch for long-term stability

Rockbridge, Jul 25 – Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11, reports AP/UNB. A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Sandy Myers, tells The Roanoke Times the tests could start this week. Workers will look […]

Holy Shab-e-Barat today

Many families will prepare traditional foods like handmade rice-bread with beef and halua both at rural and urban areas across the country on the occasion. A good number of Muslims will observe fast on the following day. They will distribute food and sweets among the neighbours and the poor. Besides, foods and money will be […]

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Bozouls: A French Town Perched Above A ‘Hole’

Interesting News Trou de Bozouls, or “the hole of Bozouls”, is a large horseshoe-shaped canyon located near the commune of Bozouls in the Aveyron department in southern France. The meander was dug out in the limestone by the erosive action of running water of the Dourdou river as it flows through the large limestone plateau […]

Ghana’s contemporary art hits the streets

ACCRA,  – A satirical cartoon depicting a celebrity in Ghana schooling a British diplomat on how to speak pidgin English won laughter and praise from the crowd at a street festival in Accra, reports BSS. The cartoon lampoons British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin who back in April sent a tweet criticising television star […]

JU Butterfly Fair on Friday

Humaun Kabir, JU correspondent: If Butterflies fly in the sky, the nature will get new speed’’ bearing this slogan Jahangirnagar University will organize fifth butterflies fair on Friday . The fair will be held at University‘s Zahir Raihan auditorium.Convener of the program, Zoology Prof. Md Monowar hossain tuhin said at a press conference on Wednesday […]

10 Forgotten Ancient Civilizations

The typical history textbook has a lot of ground to cover and only so many pages to devote to anything before Jesus. For most of us, that means ancient history is a three-dog show-Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Which is why it’s easy to get the impression that, outside of those three, our map of the […]

A brief history of the Persian Empire

Entertainment Desk : The civilization on the Iranian plateau is very ancient; copper was smelted there about 5500 BC, and Elam in the lowlands lagged only slightly behind Sumer in the development of hieroglyphic writing 5,000 years ago. However, the Elamites adopted the written language of Akkadian as the most universal language of the area […]

The History of Minoan Crete

Geography and Economy: The island of Crete is located in the center of the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe. It measures about 200 Km from east to west, and between 12 to 58 Km from north to south at its narrowest and widest distances, making it one of the largest […]

ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

Located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq, the ancient city of Babylon served for nearly two millennia as a center of Mesopotamian civilization. One of its early rulers, Hammurabi, created a harsh system of laws, while in later times the Babylonian language would be used across the Middle East as […]

Ravishing Switzerland

Switzerland, one of Europe’s perennially popular travel destinations, has fascinated travelers ever since the days of the legendary Grand Tour. While its reputation for après-ski chicness, Heidi-like mountain villages and outstanding world-class hotels is renowned among tourists, if you peel back the promotional veneer you’ll discover a multi-faceted destination that transcends the tourist-brochure hype and […]

Indus Valley Civilization

Overview: The Indus Valley Civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that was located in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Flourishing around the Indus River basin, the civilization primarily centered along the Indus and the Punjab region. The Indus Valley is one of the world’s earliest urban civilizations, along with its contemporaries, Mesopotamia and […]

Tribes

Palanquin tradition Entertainment Desk : Palanquin (Palki) a box-litter or sedan for travelling in, with a pole projecting before and behind, which is borne on the shoulders of two, four or even eight bearers of special caste or class. The origin of the word is SANSKRIT palayanka (a bed). Its PALI form is palanka and […]

The Maya Empire

Entertainment Desk : The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork. Most of the […]

Locating the Maya

The Maya civilization was one of the most dominant indigenous societies of Mesoamerica (a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th century Spanish conquest). Unlike other scattered indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya were centered in one geographical block covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala; Belize and parts […]

Early Maya, 1800 B.C. to A.D. 250

The earliest Maya settlements date to around 1800 B.C., or the beginning of what is called the Preclassic or Formative Period. The earliest Maya were agricultural, growing crops such as corn (maize), beans, squash and cassava (manioc). During the Middle Preclassic Period, which lasted until about 300 B.C., Maya farmers began to expand their presence […]

Life in the Rainforest

One of the many intriguing things about the Maya was their ability to build a great civilization in a tropical rainforest climate. Traditionally, ancient peoples had flourished in drier climates, where the centralized management of water resources (through irrigation and other techniques) formed the basis of society. (This was the case for the Teotihuacan of […]

Cities of Stone: The Classic Maya, A.D. 250-900

The Classic Period, which began around A.D. 250, was the golden age of the Maya Empire. Classic Maya civilization grew to some 40 cities, including Tikal, Uaxactún, Copán, Bonampak, Dos Pilas, Calakmul, Palenque and Río Bec; each city held a population of between 5,000 and 50,000 people. At its peak, the Maya population may have […]

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