History

November 5, 2019

Pavilion Built for a King Sits Within Golden Cave in Thailand

Thailand is filled with spectacular scenery, but nothing is perhaps as magical as what’s hidden within the Phraya Nakhon Cave. With a location that’s not simple to access, it takes adventurous travelers to make their way to the cave. But, if the visit is timed just right, those who make it will be rewarded with a spectacular vision.

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October 25, 2019

3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummies Found Inside 30 Well-Preserved Coffins

Egypt continues to dig up striking ancient artifacts, as demonstrated by the incredible discovery of thirty pristine wood coffins dating back 3,000 years. Once opened, archaeologists found that the beautifully decorated coffins contained perfectly intact mummies. The coffins were discovered in Luxor at El-Assasif cemetery. This necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River was once part of Thebes—the royal capital of Ancient Egypt.

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October 9, 2019

Día de los Muertos: How Mexico Celebrates Its Annual “Day of the Dead”

Throughout history, cultures across the globe have adopted creative ways to deal with death. In ancient China, they crafted funerary sculptures to fill complex mausoleums. During the Dutch Golden Age, artists touched on mortality in their memento mori still life paintings. And, in modern Mexico, people celebrate Día de los Muertos, a colorful holiday dedicated to the dearly departed. Though this festival has evolved over centuries, it remains one of Mexico’s most historically and culturally important events.

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October 8, 2019

10 Facts About the Parthenon, the Icon of Ancient Greece

When one thinks of history’s great civilizations, it’s impossible not to include the ancient Greeks. For centuries, they helped give birth to Western culture as we now know it. From law and politics to athletics and architecture, the ancient Greeks have left an indelible mark on society. And perhaps there’s no building that evokes ancient Greece more than the Parthenon.

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