History

Archeological sites in Israel

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Archeology lovers can find ruins to their heart's content, from crusader castles to Roman arenas, and all within an easy drive from one site to another. Because the country is a roadmap to the Bible and home to the three great monotheistic religions, archeology is serious business in Israel.

Archeological investigation in Israel began in the middle of the 19th century when biblical scholars searched for places mentioned in the Bible. Toward the end of the 19th century, but mainly since the beginning of the 20th century, many mounds composed of the remains of ancient settlements have been excavated.

In Biblical times, the land was the bridge between the prosperous cultures of the Fertile Crescent: Mesopotamia and Egypt. Since its occupation by Alexander the Great, Israel has served as a geographic and cultural link between east and west. Archeological research in Israel reveals the historical link between the Jewish people, the Bible and the Land of Israel.

It also shows the artifacts and remains of many cultures that have left their imprint on the land. Starting in the north in the Golan Heights with the Nimrod Fortress, you can visit these ancient monuments and cities with an easy drive since many are about half an hour to an hour's drive from one another.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is named the "Keystone" state because of its integral part in the historical vote for independence and for being the supporting vote for a new government. 

Besides being known as the "Keystone" state, Pennsylvania has several other nicknames, including the "Quaker" state -named for the religion of the Quaker William Penn who settled the state. The "Coal" state, the "Oil" state and also the "Steel" state are three additional nicknames for Pennsylvania due to the state's three largest industries.

Two Favorite Attractions to Enjoy in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, ScotlandEdinburgh, ScotlandEdinburgh is one of my favorite destinations in Europe. It's a fabulous to visit during one of the exciting summer festivals, but it's also a great place for a weekend getaway. Edinburgh is even fine for an off-season retreat, provided you bring warm clothes. Between the attractions in the Old Town and New Town, you feel as if you're visiting two destinations, yet it's incredibly easy to get around in and between both areas.

Historical Places in Florida: History and Culture in the Sunshine State

Most tourists seem to gravitate towards the crowded, expensive theme parks or the teeming hot beaches, but if you're looking to get off the beaten path when traveling to Florida, history and some of t

Native American Sites of the Southwest

The American Southwest is a Treasure Cove of Archeology. Many historical sites are located throughout the four-corner states (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico). History buffs will love to go on a themed road trip and the rest of us should at least include some of them in our itinerary. For a photographer like me, those places offer fantastic opportunities to create unique photos.

South West Rocks, New South Wales

South West Rocks NSWSouth West Rocks NSWIf you love to discovery the history of towns we recently visited South West Rocks in New South Wales. It is an ideal holiday if you are interested in history. But also a lovely coastal town it has all the beautiful beache's and National Parks for all the adventurous people.

South West Rocks is a Sleepy coastal town which is a well kept secret. A delightful holiday retreat.Located 463km north of Sydney, South West Rocks is one of those coastal towns which is often by-passed by holidaymakers. In fact it is one of the quietest and most attractive towns you will find on the Mid North Coast of Australia.

Found North of Port Macquarie, South West rocks is at the mouth of the Macleay River. A coastal holiday resort with sweeping sandy beaches, great fishing and historical buildings. It is also situated adjacent to the historic Trial Bay Gaol and Arakoon State Recreation Area which offers
a range of good coastal walks exploring headlands and beaches. This spot is an ideal family holiday retreat. Close to Kempsey and other major centres yet away from the hustle and bustle.

Visiting Rajasthan's Amber Fort

Amber Fort and ElephantsAmber Fort and ElephantsMy visit to the best preserved and most famous of India’s fort and palace complexes, the Amber Fort, was part of a private tour, an unusual choice for me. India is inexpensive, and as a determined budget traveler, I can afford there what would be incredible luxuries in more expensive countries.

In Jaipur, at the eastern edge of Rajasthan, after visiting the Maharajah City Palace Museum, I got in to an auto-rickshaw and found myself talking to a knowledgeable young man named Shek who spoke fluent and clear English. By the end of the ride I had hired him to take me on a private day tour that would include the fort complex.

Tutankhamun Returns to London

Tutankhamun Returns to London: Tutankhamun's MaskTutankhamun Returns to London: Tutankhamun's MaskLondon is preparing itself for an influx of visitors to see the treasures of the world's most famous pharaoh. In the 1970's Tutankhamun exhibit fascinated millions of people all over the world setting worldwide attendance records. More than 1.7 million people visited the London Tutankhamun Exhibition when it last appeared in the city in 1972. After more than 30 years, Tutankhamun's treasures are due to return to London in November 2007 enabling a further generation the opportunity to view some of the world's greatest artifacts. It will showcase 130 Egyptian treasures, all between 3,000 and 3,500 years old and including 50 from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

British archaeologist Howard Carter, who was excavating for his patron Lord Carnarvon, discovered the surprisingly well-preserved tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 that created a sensation throughout the world. It was the only tomb of its era that had been found intact and full of treasures. This amazing discovery, along with rumours of a mysterious curse, helped make Tutankhamun the most popular of the Egyptian pharaohs in the modern world. It took a decade to catalogue, remove and conserve the thousands of items in the small tomb.

Did you know?

Lord Carnarvon - Howard Carter's sponsor and friend, died from an infected mosquito bite on his cheek. When the gold death mask of Tutankhamun was lifted, he, too, had a lesion on his cheek.