10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Humans have existed on the planet for a small period of time. So small that in face if the entire lifetime of Earth was symbolized as one year, then the humans would have come into existence at the 59th minute of the 23rd hour on the 31st of December. When compared to the entire universe this seems like no…

A Walk Through Time: Cuenca’s

As Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca is no new discovery among foreigners. In fact, it’s known for being one of the best places in the world to retire to. That’s not surprising, considering the gorgeous colonial architecture and cobbled streets, the low cost of living, and the relative ease of access to everyday conveniences that westerners…

Hillforts

A hillfort (or hill fort) is a fortified mound used either as refuge or for a settlement. They were built on the apex of hills as a defensive technique, however, not all hillforts were built on hills. Hillforts are primarily found throughout Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Europe, although there are similar structures found all…

Must See Ancient Greek Temples

Ancient Greek temples were arguably the most important monuments from Ancient Greece. They were used as monuments to their beloved gods and goddesses, as opposed to places of worship. The first stone temples appear in the 6th C CE. The Acropolis of Athens, Greece Dominating the skyline in Athens in the Acropolis. Dating back to…

The Ancient Siamese Capital of Ayutthaya

The ancient city of Ayutthaya has long been a favourite tourist attraction in Thailand. Founded in 1350 CE during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, the now UNESCO listed World Heritage Site has a long history of kingdoms, capitals, trading, and fire. On the 7th April 1767 an army from the Konabaung Dynasty, Burma, entered…

Carsulae: Etruscan ruins in Umbria

Carsulae is an archaeological site located around 4km north of the town San Gemini, Umbria. The town likely originated as a mansio or rest stop. It is possible the place was selected for the water, which is very high in calcium, and is now bottled under the brand San Gemini. The city dates from 300…

Origins of Angkor Earthwatch Expedition

In early 2013 I was lucky enough to experience the site of Ban Non Wat through my university. I was using some of the artefacts found here as a part of my honours thesis so I had to go over and do some research. The time I was there was the same time as one…

Stone Circles in the UK

  Stone circles were a part of a Neolithic and Bronze Age (c.3300 – 900 BCE) tradition in Britain. They are defined by a circle of standing stones, where the size and number of stones can vary. Stone circles were not specific to Britain however, with other examples being found on Continental Europe, in Africa,…

Lesser Known Pyramids From Around the World

A pyramid is defined by its shape, where its outer surfaces are triangular and converge upwards. Although pyramids are predominantly associated with Egypt, the pyramid shape was first used in ancient Mesopotamia to build the mud-brick ziggurat. The pyramids shape was continued to be used by the Greeks and Romans. If you like it, you should pin it!

Roman Forts in the UK

  Roman Forts were used as a defensive military strategy. The plan made it easy for soldiers to have access to surrounding walls quickly. A large ditch was built around the outside. The dirt removed from the ditch would create a rampart and a wall was built on top of that. If you like it,…

Roman Amphitheatres in the UK

  When people think of great Roman amphitheaters, they tend to think of the Colosseum; the most well-known and world-renowned of them all. The truth is that more Roman Amphitheaters exist including many outside of Italy including France, Greece, northern Africa and England. Amphitheaters were large outdoor entertainment venues built by the Ancient Romans to…