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Oldest Buddhist Stele Discovered in Tibet

A ninth-century Purang stele – the official term for an upright stone slab with engravings – is believed to be the oldest in the Tibet Autonomous Region, according the archaeologists in the region. Shargan Wangdue, of the Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute, said the stele was ...

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Swiss archaeologist discovers the earliest tomb of a Scythian prince

Deep in a swamp in the Russian republic of Tuva, SNSF-funded archaeologist Gino Caspari has discovered an undisturbed Scythian burial mound. All the evidence suggests that this is not only the largest Scythian princely tomb in South Siberia, but also the earliest -- and that ...

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World Tourism hits 7-year high record in 2017 led by arrivals to Med destinations

The number of global tourists increased 7 % in 2017, the biggest increase in seven years led by Europe with the lure of the Mediterranean’s sea and sun, the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced Monday. The sharp rise was mostly due to the economic recovery ...

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Crocodiles, giant vipers, side-necked turtles and Komodo dragon 'cousins' lived in Ancient Greece

A team of scientists from the universities of Torino and Frieburg, headed by Greek paleontologist Giorgos Georgalis announced that crocodiles, cobras and giant Komodo-dragon-sized lizards called varanids once walked the banks of the Axios River and lived on the Greek island of Evia between nine ...

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Ancient Sunken Warship, Steamboat and Lighthouse Discovered off Coast of Mexico

Recording Divers found remnants from not one, but three archaeological features off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. A Dutch warship, a British steamboat and a lighthouse, which sounds like the beginning of an extremely nerdy joke but is really just a factual list of ...

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Ancient board game has no parallel in Europe

Slovakia has another unique archaeological object, an ancient game found in 2006 when researching the tomb of a Germanic prince in Poprad. After its conservation and further research, experts found the game has no parallel in Europe. The game, over 1,600 years old, consists of chess-like ...

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Archaeologists find 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal impression

Israeli archaeologists unveiled a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression they believe belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem The artifact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as “belonging to the governor of the city,” was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir on behalf ...

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Mummy discovered in Newly Explored Egyptian tomb

Earlier this month (December 2017), it was reported that a team of Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a new mummy in a newly explored tomb near the city of Luxor.  The report which was published by a number of news outlets said that the mummy was ...

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Happy New Year and Thank You!

Dear Friends, and Supporters of World Cultural Heritage Voices, On behalf of our colleagues and volunteers at WCHV, and on the occasion of the Global New Year of 2018, we would like to extend our regards and best wishes for a Happy New Year.  Thank you for your ...

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The Ancient Roots of “Europe”

The Ancient Roots of “Europe” By: Javad Mofrad, Mythologist Translation by WCHV The name Europe has been derived from the Greek word “Eury-ope” which meant having a long forehead, also referring to the “Phoenician Queen”.  However, the original country that stretched from the North Sea to the Black ...

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2500 years old paintings discovered on Indonesian island

2500 years old paintings discovered on Indonesian island

According to the study published in the Cambridge Journal of Archaeology, Scientists have discovered ancient cave paintings, dating from at least 2,500 years ago, on a tiny Indonesian island that was previously unexplored. The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the ...

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UNESCO lists “Chogan” as Iran’s intangible cultural heritage

UNESCO lists “Chogan” as Iran’s intangible cultural heritage

UNESCO has recognized the team sport of polo (known as ‘chogan’ in Persian), played on horseback, as Iran’s intangible cultural heritage during a session held in South Korea on December 7. After three years of extensive efforts, international negotiations, and close cooperation between Iran’s sports ...

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Yalda, Persian’s Most Beautiful Song in Praise of Light and Love - 2017

For thousands of years, Iranians have celebrated the last night of winter.  They have stayed up through the evening, waiting for the dawn, to witness the birth of the Sun; the source of life which has also been named “Mehr”. Praising the sun, on the night ...

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Exhibition of over 100 artworks of Timurid Empire in Afghanistan

The American Institute of Afghanistan studies put on a show over 100 pictures of artworks in Herat on Saturday that date back to Timurid Empire in Herat. The pictures of the artworks were collected by Michael Berry, an American researcher, during the past 40 years ...

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Justices wary of terror victims' pleas to seize Iran objects

According to Fox News, The Supreme Court is indicating it could prevent survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at Chicago museums to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran. The justices heard arguments Monday in an appeal from U.S. victims ...

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