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Pietro Dovizielli (1804-1885).

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MADA’IN SALEH

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Mada’in Saleh is an archaeological site located in Saudi Arabia. A majority of the vestiges date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century AD).

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Following the discovery of Petra by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812, Charles Montagu Doughty, an English traveler, heard of a similar site near Mada’in Saleh, a fortified Ottoman town on the Hajj road from Damascus and reached the site of the ruins in 1876.

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HATRA

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Hatra may have been built by the Assyrians or by the Achaemenid Empire, or possibly in the 3rd or 2nd century BC under the influence of the Seleucid Empire, but there is no reliable information on the city before the Parthian period. The city flourished during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, as a religious and trading center.Later on, the city became the capital of possibly the first Arab Kingdom.

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Below: Hatra in 1911.

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SU NURAXI

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Su Nuraxi is a nuragic archaeological site in Barumini, Sardinia, Italy.

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The oldest part of the nuraghe (an ancient megalithic edifice) consists of a central tower with three superposed chambers (18.6m high), was built in blocks of basalt between the 17th and 13th centuries BCE.

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A village, intended to accommodate the surrounding population, was built around the Nuraghe in the Late Bronze Age.

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THE DOMUS AUREA

The Domus Aurea (“Golden House”, in Latin) was a vast palace built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD which destroyed a large part of the city.

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The 300-room structure, now mostly underground, takes its name from the gold leaf that once covered many of its walls.

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ANCIENT CAVE PAINTINGS DEFACED WITH GRAFFITI

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Ancient cave paintings about 8,000 years old at a world heritage site in the Sahara desert have been defaced with graffiti.

Vandals scrawled their names on top of the artworks in French and Arabic.

View full article HERE.

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LEPTIS MAGNA

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Leptis Magna was a prominent city in Roman Libya.

Little is known about the old city, but it appears to have been powerful enough to repel Dorieus’ attempt to establish a Greek colony nearby in c. 515 BC. A 4th to 3rd century BC necropolis was found under the Roman theatre.

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Leptis Magna remained as such until the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius, when the city and the surrounding area were formally incorporated into the empire as part of the province of Africa. It soon became one of the leading cities of Roman Africa and a major trading post.

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In c. 647 due to an Arab invasionthe city was mostly abandoned except for a Byzantine garrison force and a population of less than 1,000 inhabitants. Under Arab domination Leptis disappeared: by the 10th century the city was forgotten and fully covered by sand.

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VOLUBILIS

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Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco, commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania.

It developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, settlement before being the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD and gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch.

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Two Pharaonic statues uncovered by archaeologists in Cairo

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Archaeologists have found two Pharaonic statues dating back more than 3,000 years in a muddy pit in a Cairo suburb.

The statues, discovered on Thursday on wasteland between crumbling apartment blocks, are thought to represent pharaohs from the 19th dynasty, which ruled from 1314 to 1200 BCE.

Full article HERE.

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MOSUL MUSEUM

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After the Iraqi army reclaimed government buildings and the museum in Mosul last Tuesday, March 7, it was revealed this weekend that the museum, which once contained many priceless, unique artifacts, had been almost completely cleared out and destroyed.

Full article HERE.

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