Archaeology

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Can unmanned vehicles help speed up archaeological digs? That is the hope of Vanderbilt archaeologist Steven Werne and engineering professor Julie A. Adams. They have developed a product called SUAVe - for Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Pronounced "SWAH-vey," this revolutionary product aims to greatly reduce the time it takes to create a three-dimensional model of a site versus using current technology. As in 10-15 minutes compared to two to three entire field seasons faster!

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Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic symbols of Peru and the Inca culture, but urban development threatens this archaeological treasure. UNESCO, the United Nations-run organization that protects historical and natural sites around the world, recently launched an evaluation to determine the level of preservation of Machu Picchu. The investigators found more stringent regulations are necessary to protect the ancient ruins.

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While a Madagascar tour is a great nature travel experience, there are other things to see and do there as well, and checking out some of the man-made sites can mix things up on a trip to the African island. In the heart of the oldest part of Madagascar's capital city, Antananarivo, there is a royal palace complex, called Rova.

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Nestled in the Aegean Sea along with its other Dodecanese archipelago counterparts, Lindos, on the island of Rhodes, tends to outshine the other islands of Greece with its beauty and cultural significance.

Lindos is situated on the Northern side of Rhodes with buildings that are formed along a steep cliff formation. Among them is what is possibly one of the most important buildings in Greek history - the Lindos acropolis. According to Business Today Egypt, this acropolis is the only one left other than its counterpart in Athens.

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Turkey's Turquoise Coast is a beautiful sight to see, and the area's historical significance makes this a must see on your Greece and Turkey cruise itinerary. The ancient Lycian civilization that once populated this region of Turkey is one of the most fascinating of its time, and many monuments, tombs and other structures carved into limestone hills and cliffs are still standing.

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The Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt, has long-been known as the final resting place of Egypt’s rulers, and is where famed Pharaoh Tutankhamen was unearthed in 1922. Now another remarkable discovery has been made in the valley. The Associated Press reports that Swiss and Egyptian archeologists discovered the tomb of female singer Nehmes Bastet, who may have been some what of a pop star during her time.

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When archaeologists began digging off the coasts of Turkey in the 1960s, they found what are now determined to be some of the oldest shipwrecks from the Bronze Age.

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History and archaeology buffs searching for unusual lore and adventure should consider adding Machu Picchu travel to their list. Not only is this 600-year-old Incan ruin a window into Peru’s rich past, but the original citadel of the ruins may possibly be shaped like a bird. One researcher, Enrique Guzman, set out to examine the city from an architectural point of view and he found plenty of evidence to support his theory, according to Peru This Week News.

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Many of the stops on a Turkey and Greece cruise have more to do with ancient Greek and Roman cultures than Christianity, but Meryemana, or the House of the Virgin, is an exception.

Local legend tells that this house, now a church, is the place Mary fled to after Jesus was crucified. Located between Ephesus and Seljuk, Turkey, the site has received the official sanction of the Vatican and is now a popular site for religious pilgrims.

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While art, music and textiles are some the best known contributions of Mali culture that visitors can experience, architecture is a creative venue that is especially rich in this West African country. One of Mali’s most distinct architectural wonders is the Grand Mosque of Djenné.

Considered by many architects to be the greatest achievement of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, the mosque is the largest mud brick building in the world, according to Sacred-Destinations.com.

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