Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Archaeological Sites Used in Entertainment

Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt in The Mummy Returns Al Khazneh, Jordan in Indiana Jones: the last crusade Alnwick Castle, England in Harry Potter Dubrovnik, Croatia in Game of Thrones Hadrian’s Wall, England in Robin Hood: the prince of thieves ¬† Ouarzazate, Morocco in Gladiator Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan in Batman Begins Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland…

Must See Castles in Scotland

Scotland has many castles dating from the 11th C CE which were used for defensive strategies. They are diverse in style and landscape, most with spectacular views. Balmoral Castle Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, this estate dates from the 14th C CE where it began as a hunting lodge, and has since been in the British…

Spectacularly Photogenic Caves Around the World

Batu Caves, Malaysia Created 400 million years ago, this limestone hill is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Capricorn Caves, Australia The limestone Capricorn Caves, located 23km north of Rockhampton, Australia, is one of the longest…

Must See Castles in Wales

Castles were introduced to the United Kingdom c.1066 CE when the Normans invaded. Although few castles had been built before this time, it was not until the Normans that the motte and bailey, and ringworks castles were built in large numbers. These played an important role in military, economic and social control.

Famous Places: what the perspective

Check out these top 10 famous landmarks from the post 23 far away perspectives of famous places as seen on Distractify. Brandenburg Gate Forbidden City Great Wall of China Little Mermaid Mona Lisa Mont St Michel Niagara Falls Pyramids of Giza Sagrada Familia Taj Mahal   Source: Distractify

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, and…

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, you…