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Pyramids represent Prehispanic foundational myth

Pyramids represent Prehispanic foundational myth | Ancient Civilization |

As an introduction to the myth that supported the Prehispanic world view, the restorer explained the beginning and planning of the 6 ancient cities of the exhibition – Monte Alban, Palenque, Teotihuacan, El Tajin, Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco -,...

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Robert T. Preston's curator insight, June 3, 2013 6:57 PM

The author explains the Prehispanic peoples reasons for building the massive temples that they did. 

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2,000-year-old ancient skeleton mask discovered in Turkey

2,000-year-old ancient skeleton mask discovered in Turkey | Ancient Civilization |

A 2,000-year-old skeleton with a mask on its face has been found in the Aizanoi ancient city in Kütahya, during excavations in the area which have been continuing for two years now with new findings emerging.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, excavation group president Pamukkale University Archeology academic Elif Özer said the excavations had been ongoing since 2011, and many findings had been excavated from the area. The skeleton was excavated from the northern part of the necropolis eras.

The mask of the skeleton was found along with the face and the body. This mask is thought to have been used in the burial ceremonies in Aizonoi, said Özer. The mask was put on the face of the dead and this might signify the relation of the dead with the ceremony of Dionysos.

At the same time, excavations in Rome, Italy also uncovered masks. These masks have been related to ancestor cult, according to Özer. “We are doing research on this issue,” she added.


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The story of how we got our alphabets

The story of how we got our alphabets | Ancient Civilization |
From pictures to words - how writing developed in ancient civilisations.

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Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations

Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations | Ancient Civilization |
Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellite technology to unearth Egypt's ancient settlements, pyramids and palaces lost in the sands of time.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:10 AM

It is interesting to find out that in this specific article there is controversy over the looting of tombs over 5,000 years ago as soon as the deceased were buried there were many more looting acts taken place. The Arab spring is an important landmark to think of when relating this to the reading.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:51 AM

This describes human characteristics that defined this region because it shows how ancient artifacts are being unearthed through new-age technology.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:49 AM

Space archaeology only makes sense.  If we have the capability for satellites to take pictures of earth from above why shouldn't it be used for archaeological analysis?  I am sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what we will see in the future from this specific field. This article/video just lends more credibility to the fact that Archaeology should function as an interdisciplinary field.

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Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone | Ancient Civilization |

The Rosetta Stone is a stone with writing on it in two languages (Egyptian and Greek), using three scripts (hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek).

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Ancient Civilizations and Buried Kings of Northern Peru

Ancient Civilizations and Buried Kings of Northern Peru | Ancient Civilization |
Elaborate burials in ancient Peru, where servants and animals are buried together with their master Intricate carving in the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan

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Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World | Ancient Civilization |

The status of women in ancient civilizations was dictated by religion and position, rarely impacting the everyday lives of everyday female interactions.


For the vast majority of women in the Ancient world, daily life revolved around the home as caretakers of children or household managers. Historians that cite examples of powerful women usually rely upon exceptional females, often associated with religious rituals such as the Oracle at Delphi or Rome’s Vestal Virgins. Although the Mediterranean pantheon of goddesses reflects power and cult-following, their example inspired upper class women as well as men, as in the case of the cult of Isis. The lives of everyday women were scarcely affected.

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Cassandra Folkerth's curator insight, September 28, 2013 5:10 PM

Its interesting to think about how the role of women is based entirely on the religion adopted by that society. If one society has a female god I believe that socitey would have more respect for the female gender. But many societies are quite patriarichal, therefore having more respect for the man than woman. 

Sarah Kerr's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:23 AM

This scoop gives some insight on what it was like to be a women in the Ancient Mediterranean World. First of all, women were seen as subservient to males, they were in charge of being caretakers of children and to take care of the home. This scoop goes into depth of the few women in ancient history who had a higher status in women kind by being included in things men were such as poetry, politics and relgious events.

Karina Moreno's curator insight, April 28, 2014 11:38 PM

I  find it unreal that a lot of history do not mention women nor in many regions they were consider a citizens.  Back then they should have realized that women were that made everything happen.  A population of people wouldn't have been possible with women giving birth and raising to create who we are today.

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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

The Science Museum of Mineesota's exhibit on the Maya appropriately opened yesterday on the Summer Solstice.  They have a great video talking about the exhibit, and they feature Xunantunich and Caracol on it.  The exhibit features artifacts from Cahal Pech too.


"The Maya created one of the great civilizations of the ancient world.  Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, opening June 21, 2013 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, explores ancient Maya society through the eyes of powerful kings and queens and the farmers, artisans, administrators, and craftsmen who supported the elite and made up the foundations of these ancient states.  The exhibition will feature artifacts from throughout the Maya world, interactive exhibits and evocative environments to make the lives of the Maya relevant, accessible, and approachable."

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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 14, 2014 12:17 AM

I believe the two major draws of the Mesoamerican civilizations is that one they achieved such amazing things without the wheel and that even today a significant portion of their footprint is yet to be discovered; still hidden from us in the rain forest.