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Forty years after researchers discovered Lucy, an early human ancestor who lived million years ago, scientists think they now know how she died. And if their hypothesis is correct, Lucy was likely conscious in the last few moments before she died.

Byzantine-era ruins of a residential block south of the city center at Chersonesos [Credit: Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA)] A port city founded by Greeks in the fifth century B.C., Chersonesos is the site of an excavation led since 1994 by Joseph Carter, professor of classical archaeology and the director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA) at UT Austin.

Byzantine-era ruins of a residential block south of the city center at Chersonesos [Credit: Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA)] A port city founded by Greeks in the fifth century B.C., Chersonesos is the site of an excavation led since 1994 by Joseph Carter, professor of classical archaeology and the director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA) at UT Austin.

Volubilis, Maroc (Morocco). UNESCO World Heritage Site - Roman Archaeological Site of Volubilis in Morocco

Volubilis, Maroc (Morocco). UNESCO World Heritage Site - Roman Archaeological Site of Volubilis in Morocco

Nisa (also Parthaunisa) was an ancient city, located near modern-day Bagir village, 18 km northwest of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The fortress at Nisa was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007

Nisa (also Parthaunisa) was an ancient city, located near modern-day Bagir village, 18 km northwest of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The fortress at Nisa was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007

Hereford Mappa Mundi - the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world and its ambition is breathtaking – to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous ‘monstrous races’ which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth.

Hereford Mappa Mundi - the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world and its ambition is breathtaking – to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous ‘monstrous races’ which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth.

Eggelin Tomb In The Ancient Roman city of Palmyra, Syria  The site of Palmyra is an oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, it contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, Palmyra mixed Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences, it was listed UNESCO World Heritage in 1980.

Eggelin Tomb In The Ancient Roman city of Palmyra, Syria The site of Palmyra is an oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, it contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, Palmyra mixed Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences, it was listed UNESCO World Heritage in 1980.

Nineveh, Human Headed Lions  --  Near present day Mosul, Iraq, Nineveh was one of the oldest & greatest cities in antiquity.  The area was settled as early as 6000 BCE.  By 3000 BCE, it had become an important religious center for worship of the Assyrian goddess Ishtar.  The early city (& subsequent buildings) were constructed on a fault line & were damaged by a number of earthquakes.

Nineveh, Human Headed Lions -- Near present day Mosul, Iraq, Nineveh was one of the oldest & greatest cities in antiquity. The area was settled as early as 6000 BCE. By 3000 BCE, it had become an important religious center for worship of the Assyrian goddess Ishtar. The early city (& subsequent buildings) were constructed on a fault line & were damaged by a number of earthquakes.

Solar Boat    This cedar boat is one of two found by the Great Pyramid at Giza, intact but dismantled. It took 12 years to reconstruct it. There is another one still in its original pit, and there were three additional pits on the other side that were empty. The king needed 2 to travel with the sun across the sky, 2 to travel through the night, and one to cross to the underworld

Solar Boat This cedar boat is one of two found by the Great Pyramid at Giza, intact but dismantled. It took 12 years to reconstruct it. There is another one still in its original pit, and there were three additional pits on the other side that were empty. The king needed 2 to travel with the sun across the sky, 2 to travel through the night, and one to cross to the underworld

The Pyramid of Madghacen. Madghacen or Medracen or Medghassen or Madghis also spelled Imadghassen, correct berber spelling imedghasen is a royal mausoleum-temple of the Berber Numidian Kings which stands near Batna city in Aurasius Mons in Numidia - Algeria

The Pyramid of Madghacen. Madghacen or Medracen or Medghassen or Madghis also spelled Imadghassen, correct berber spelling imedghasen is a royal mausoleum-temple of the Berber Numidian Kings which stands near Batna city in Aurasius Mons in Numidia - Algeria

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