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What is Easter Island’s “Tapati Festival?”

Easter Island lies at the southeastern tip of the Polynesian triangle and is one of the most remote spots on the planet. Surrounded by an endless ocean as blue as the sky and located 2,300 miles west of Santiago, Chile, this tiny dot of land is sixty square miles of...

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In Search of the Crown Jewel at Angkor, Cambodia

Cambodia... The alarm clock sounds at 5:15am; it is still dark despite the curtains being drawn.  I’m not a morning person by nature, but by now – our sixth day on the trip – I am used to our departures at dawn…  And, moreover, I understand their importance in our...

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Ethiopia and the Omo Valley

The Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia is one of the last undiscovered places in the world. Three of Ethiopia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found here and more than 200,000 people representing many different ethnic groups call the area home. Here you will...

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The Wonders of the Horn of Africa!

Ethiopia, formerly called Abyssinia, is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world. Perched atop Africa’s highest plateau, the country is protected by forbidding deserts and tropical lowlands. Despite its apparent mountainous isolation, Ethiopia has long been...

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Rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, Ethiopia

After spending most of the day walking the narrow, rock-cut passageways below ground level that characterize the northern group of churches in Lalibela, it seems odd to have wide-open space and mountain air surrounding us as I stroll toward the Church of St. George,...

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Bob Brier’s new book on Egyptomania

Are you an Egyptophile at heart?  Well, Bob Brier - Far Horizons study leader for our trips to Egypt and Sudan - just published a new book that will validate your passion for all things Egyptian.  Egyptomania tells the long and vast story of how the world has always...

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Unlocking Past Traditions in London

“Hault, who comes there?” “The keys!” “Whose keys?” “Queen Elizabeth’s keys!”  Thus was the exchange between the sentry and the Chief Warder, in the dark of night, as our small group of privileged onlookers stood engrossed.  With that final statement to identify the...

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What is ARCHAEOASTRONOMY?

Archaeoastronomy is the study and interpretation of solar, lunar and stellar alignments found at ancient monuments such as pyramids, towers, ground lines such as the Nazca Lines in Peru, and megalithic sites Stonehenge, Carnac, Newgrange, etc. These monuments are on...

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The Romans had wooden toilet seats?

Sited along Hadrian’s Wall, the massive defensive fortifications that delineated the northern border of the Roman Britain, Vindolanda was one of the garrisons built to house soldiers. Excavations here have uncovered many exciting finds – officer’s residences and...

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Was Tutankhamen crippled due to inbreeding?

Using computerized tomography (CT) scans of his mummified body, scientists have conducted a “virtual autopsy” of Tutankhamen, the boy king who ruled Egypt some 3,300 years ago. The scan suggests that he suffered from numerous deformities and ailments, caused in part...

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Was Cleopatra beautiful?

There are no paintings or statues that can be definitively credited to this queen, and yet she was described by historians as being physically alluring. Coins with her image that were struck in her time show a masculine face with a protruding nose – not (by our...

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Chili peppers probably spiced drinks in Mexico?

Flowering plants of the genus Capsicum are usually referred to as chili peppers. There are relatively few sites in Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America that contain remains of Capsicum, and therefore, we know little about how pre-Columbian people used chili...

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What exotic food was for dinner in Pompeii?

Recent discoveries have shown that the rich feasted on exotic animals while the poor were reduced to eating simple fare. In a two block area near the city's Porta Stabia gate, the archaeological team excavated some 20 shop fronts that would have served food and drink...

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Has the world’s first calendar been found?

Humans had a sophisticated calendric system thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. The discovery is based on a detailed analysis of data from an archaeological site at Crathes Castle (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - a row of ancient...

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