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The underrated wonder that is Mahabalipuram

I first heard about Mahabalipuram in my Class 8 or 9 Hindi textbook. While I don’t remember who the author of that piece was, but I do remember that it was about the ruminations of a sculptor who wondered about … Continue reading →...
by My Favourite Things on Dec 19, 2016

New research reveals extent of human threat to lion populations

Two new studies led by scientists at Oxford University have highlighted the threat posed to lions by human activity -- including trophy hunting. Cecil the lion was being studied and tracked by scientists from Oxford's WildCRU in Hwange National Park...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 15, 2016

'Eternal Sites: From Bamiyan to Palmyra' at the Grand Palais, Paris

Palmyra may just have fallen yet again to the Islamic State group, but a new "immersive" 3D show in Paris lets you walk through the Syrian city's classical colonnades as they were before the jihadists blew them to bits. The "Eternal Sites" exhibiti...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 15, 2016

Roman statue stolen from Mussolini is returning to Italy

A rare Roman statue swiped from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s former home is headed back to Italy after more than three decades. The Torlonia Peplophoros statue [Credit: Corriere Della Sera]The marble sculpture of a limbless woman in a shrou...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 15, 2016

Lost 'sensual' drawing by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci discovered in France

A lost drawing by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in the papers of a French provincial doctor, a Paris auction house said Tuesday. A member of Paris auctioneer Tajan displays a previously undiscovered drawing by Leonard...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 15, 2016

Crimea treasures must be returned to Ukraine: Dutch court

A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 should go back to Ukraine. A Dutch court has ruled that a priceless collection of gold artefacts fr...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 15, 2016

Ancient shellfish used for purple dye vanishes from eastern Mediterranean

The shellfish that was one of the main sources of Tyrian purple – one of the most storied and valuable trading products in the ancient world – has disappeared from the eastern Mediterranean coast, amid warnings of an ongoing multi-species collaps...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 15, 2016

On the trail of Jain heritage in Tamil Nadu

It all began with a Twitter DM (or direct message) I received from my friend and fellow blogger, Anuradha Shankar. It was the summer of 2014 and Anu was travelling, or doing a temple run as she preferred to call … Continue reading →...
by My Favourite Things on Dec 15, 2016

Mysterious 'crater' on Antarctica indication of vulnerable ice sheet

The East Antarctic ice sheet appears to be more vulnerable than expected, due to a strong wind that brings warm air and blows away the snow. That is the conclusion reached by a team of climate researchers led by Jan Lenaerts (Utrecht University/KU Le...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 14, 2016

How the Antarctic Ice Sheet is affecting climate change

Scientists have known for decades that small changes in climate can have significant impacts on the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet. Iceberg in the Weddell Sea [Credit: Mike Weber]Now a new study suggests the opposite also is true. An international team...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 14, 2016

The world's wet regions are getting wetter, the dry regions are getting drier

Research from the University of Southampton has provided robust evidence that wet regions of Earth are getting wetter and dry regions are getting drier but it is happening at a slower rate than previously thought. The study, published in Scientific R...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 14, 2016

Reindeer left hungry, shrinking in warming world

Often portrayed as pulling Santa's sleigh, reindeer are a Christmas staple. Now, ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food supplies. Svalbard reindeer in the Arctic wilderness [Credit: Copyri...
by The Archaeology News Network on Dec 14, 2016

Siddhara Basadi, Shravanabelagola

At Shravanabelagola on the Indragiri hill there are various ancient monuments all over the hillock. One among them is Siddhara Basadi immediately to the right of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi...
by My Indian Travel on Dec 14, 2016

The palace that Thirumalai Nayak built

The Thirumalai Nayak Mahal was the last monument our group visited in Madurai as part of a 3-day exploration of the city, its history and cultural heritage earlier this year. I was looking forward to the visit as, apart from … Continue reading...
by My Favourite Things on Dec 12, 2016

SRI LANKA - THE SIGIRIYA SAGA

  THE SIGIRIYA SAGA   -  (Part 1).The year is 481 AD.  The Persian Ambassador and his entourage at a loss for words at the spectacle before them, stood staring in amazement. Before them was the gigantic stone figure of a crou...
by Discover-Sri Lanka on Dec 11, 2016

Pune: Exploring the heritage side of the city

Overview: Pune is one of the most modern cities in India, which also has a rich cultural heritage. I decided to explore a few sites in Pune city which defined the city before modernity.We first went to Pataleshwar Caves, carved out of basalt rock in...
by Payana: Explore India on Dec 11, 2016

Lebanese Heritage Museum: Prehistory to Contemporary

The Lebanese Heritage Museum is the prime repository of artifacts and national treasures that reflect the heritage and culture of the Lebanese people. It is located in the city of Jounieh about 16 km from Beirut, the capital city. The Lebanese Herita...
by Cush Travel on Dec 8, 2016

Pathu thoon or the 10 pillars at Madurai

It is our last evening in Madurai and our group has just finished touring the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal. We have one more halt to make before dinner — a shop selling the local Sungudi sarees —  and then board the … Continue reading →...
by My Favourite Things on Dec 7, 2016

Sri Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Tadipatri

This beautiful temple in Tadipatri is right in the heart of the city. It is believed that the temple was built in the mid 16th century by Sri Thimma Naidu under the orders of the Vijayanagara... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo...
by My Indian Travel on Dec 4, 2016

Hyderabad Revisited

Overview: Hyderabad, popular for its Nizam influence, has always attracted heritage lovers across the world. I set forward to visit some of the oldest sites in the city. My last visit took me to the ever enchanting Charminar, surrounded by the bangle...
by Payana: Explore India on Dec 3, 2016


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