Posts tagged civilization.


“Golden Chief” Tomb Treasure Yields Clues to Unnamed Civilization


Machu Picchu, Peru
Photo: Claire Wroe

The tilt shift lens, often used in architectural photography, is fun to use for rendering actual settings into scale-model worlds in which people look like toy figures. Because you’re altering the planes of focus and drawing the eye to a narrow area of the photograph, a specific point of interest must be included. In this image, the two small figures walking through the “maze” are essential elements. I love that one of the people is wearing something red, providing the only bright color in the entire image.

  January 20, 2012 at 09:00am


Machu Picchu, South Peru. Taken in the morning when the sun was half risen.

submitted by: hobbitsocks, thanks!


(by Joerg Bonner)


Cities that have stood the test of time have more than just the scars of history; they show the influence — positive and negative — of human civilization.
12 oldest continuously inhabited cities

Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of Jungle Growth ›


Hidden for centuries, the ancient Maya city of Holtun, or Head of Stone, is finally coming into focus.

Three-dimensional mapping has “erased” centuries of jungle growth, revealing the rough contours of nearly a hundred buildings, according to research presented earlier this month.

Though it’s long been known to locals that something—something big—is buried in this patch of Guatemalan rain forest, it’s only now that archaeologists are able to begin teasing out what exactly Head of Stone was.

Using GPS and electronic distance-measurement technology last year, the researchers plotted the locations and elevations of a seven-story-tall pyramid, an astronomical observatory, a ritual ball court, several stone residences, and other structures.

Read more…

  May 10, 2011 at 01:36am


Cahokia: America’s Forgotten City

Four centuries before Columbus arrived, Indians in Illinois created a city with up to 15,000 inhabitants, more than a hundred earthen mounds, and far-reaching influence. What was this place, and what happened to it?

Being from St. Louis, MO which is like 20 mins from ‘Cahokia Mounds’ historic site I was thrilled to read up on Cahokia as it was hundreds of years ago. If you are interested in history, indigenous cultures, propaganda (Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830, discussed on page 2 of this article), and anthropology then I recommend you reading this piece.


  April 29, 2011 at 02:00am


Overlooking machu picchu (by Kees Straver)

oh to be that llama/alpaca

Did the Maya Build Chirping Pyramids? ›

New research suggests that Mesoamerican pyramids like the Maya temple Kukulkan were designed to produce sophisticated acoustic effects, including the chirp of a sacred bird. Archaeologists are exploring these hypotheses at a conference this week that brings together experts from within the growing field of archaeoacoustics.

  November 18, 2010 at 10:29am


Tikal, Guatemala

I bin dar!