Far Horizons Blog

New Discoveries at Pompeii

New Discoveries at Pompeii

Archaeologists have found new graffiti that may end the debate about the exact date of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD. In one of his letters to the Roman historian Tacitus, Pliny the Younger documented the event twenty five years after it...

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New Discoveries in Turkey’s Göbekli Tepe

New Discoveries in Turkey’s Göbekli Tepe

Built several millennia before Stonehenge or Egypt’s great pyramids, Göbekli Tepe is acclaimed as the world's oldest temple at around 12,000 years old. Listed as a UNESCO World heritage property in 2018, this stunning sanctuary complex in south-east Turkey overturns...

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What is an Egyptian Dahabiya?

What is an Egyptian Dahabiya?

Herodotus said it 2,500 years ago: "Egypt is the gift of the Nile" - and what a gift it is - a narrow strip of cultivatable land teased from barren expanse of desert that is home of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. The Nile, from the Sudan...

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Cooperative Government and the Ancient Olmec

Cooperative Government and the Ancient Olmec

A strong centralized monarchy, evidenced by a single plaza, characterizes the Olmec sites of San Lorenzo and La Venta.  At Tres Zapotes, however, this form of government appears to have been adjusted in order to distribute power between several groups. Archaeologists...

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Sport and Politics in the Ancient Maya World

Sport and Politics in the Ancient Maya World

Drawing by Christophe Helmke Two carved stone panels discovered in 2015 by Christopher Andres of Michigan State University and his colleagues at the site of Tipan Chen Uitz in Belize depict ballplayers and are the first of their kind to be found in Belize. One of the...

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Discovery at Nim Li Punit in Belize

Discovery at Nim Li Punit in Belize

Photo by Professor Geoffrey Braswell A large carved jade pendant likely made for the Maya king Janaab’ Ohl K’inich has been found by Professor Geoffrey Braswell of University of California, San Diego and his team at the site of Nim Li Punit in Belize. Measuring 7.4...

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Traveling along the Silk Road through Western China

Traveling along the Silk Road through Western China

A post-trip interview with 2016 trip participant, Kip Lilly   How long was your trip to China and where did you visit? This trip was two and a half weeks long and went west from Xian following the original Silk/Tea/Jade road (Dunhuang, Turpan, Hotan, Kashgar,...

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Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas

Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas

By Heather Stoeckley If there is one word to describe my experiences in Myanmar, it would be shwe.  It means ‘golden’ in the Burmese language, and from the moment of arrival, it epitomizes everything one sees in this enchanting country. This word is frequently used in...

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What’s the Origin of Ireland’s Name?

"In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island. Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or simply...

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“The Snake Kingdom” of the Ancient Maya!

“The Snake Kingdom” of the Ancient Maya!

The Petex-Batún is the most inaccessible and rarely-visited region of Guatemala. Today it is lightly populated, and yet more than 1,500 years ago Maya rulers jockeyed for supremacy as they created immense cities here. During the 1990s mounting evidence indicated that...

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Discover the Secrets of Petra

Discover the Secrets of Petra

The Lost and Found City of Petra Literally carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years.  Located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in...

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The Maya Hieroglyphics…

The Maya Hieroglyphics…

Deep in the remote southern area along the border with Guatemala, recent excavations have exposed remains of pyramids and cities that until recently, were nearly impossible to reach. Hieroglyphic texts found here are changing our knowledge of the Maya by revealing...

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In Search of the Crown Jewel at Angkor, Cambodia

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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