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Ancient Aleppo minaret destroyed

Ancient Aleppo minaret destroyed | History | Scoop.it
The minaret of Syria's famous 12th-Century Umayyad Mosque in the northern city of Aleppo is destroyed as rebels clash with government troops.

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@NewDayStarts's curator insight, April 24, 2013 1:30 PM

The minaret of one of Syria's most famous mosques has been destroyed during clashes in the northern city of Aleppo.

The state news agency Sana accused rebels of blowing up the 11th-Century minaret of the Umayyad Mosque.

However, activists say the minaret was hit by Syrian army tank fire.

The mosque, which is a Unesco world heritage site, has been in rebel hands since earlier this year but the area around it is still contested.

Last October Unesco appealed for the protection of the site, which it described as "one of the most beautiful mosques in the Muslim world".

Images posted on the internet showed the minaret reduced to a pile of rubble in the mosque's tiled courtyard.

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Ancient Maya discovery sheds new light on the origins of civilization

Ancient Maya discovery sheds new light on the origins of civilization | History | Scoop.it
Over 3000 years ago, in the warm, fertile lands that are now Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, the great Maya civilization arose — its vast pyramid temples appearing to come out of nowhere. But new evidence suggests a ...
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This article provides interesting information about the origins of ancient Mayan civilisation.  This is significant to our current understanding of the culture, as well as it providing new insight that may have the potential to shape our current ideas about this civilisation.

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