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Google Earth's new feature shows lost civilisations from space. Updated GIF: Google Earth's Lost Civilisations Ever thought about a great lost civilisation — the Maya of Central America, say, or the Indus of South-East Asia — and thought: what does that ancient site look like now?

Google Earth's new feature shows lost civilisations from space

Google's got you covered. A new feature from the tech giant, called Lost Civilisations, lets you explore, using Google Earth technology, those parts of the world in the present day. Some, like the Nabaya Playa — home to a small community 10,000 years ago in what is now the Egyptian Sahara — are little more than empty expanses of desert. Other places are still occupied. Here are a few of the other lost civilisations, and how those locations look today. Niya, China, a city on the Silk Road 1,600 years ago Cahokia, United States, a city of earthen mounds built before Europeans arrived Angkor Wat, Cambodia, a massive urban centre during the Khmer Empire, 1000-1200AD.

Ancient Japan

Cuneiform. World Heritage List. #: As for 19 Natural and Mixed Properties inscribed for geological values before 1994, criteria numbering of this property has changed.

World Heritage List

See Decision 30.COM 8D.1. What the ancient past can teach us about the chaos of 2016. Dom McKenzie 2016 has been a bruising year.

What the ancient past can teach us about the chaos of 2016

Virtual reality and drones could unlock secrets about the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos. Updated Ancient, monumental sandstone jars up to two-and-a-half metres high dot the landscape in central Laos in seemingly random patterns — what was their purpose?

Virtual reality and drones could unlock secrets about the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Who built the sites? Where did they live? These questions have perplexed locals and visitors for centuries but now researchers from Australia's Monash University and the Australian National University are using drone technology and virtual reality tools to remotely dig for answers, and explore untouched sites of the aptly named Plain of Jars. For decades, the danger of unexploded bombs has made archaeological exploration there risky.

Over 270 million cluster bombs rained down on Laos from 1964 to 1973 as part of a US campaign to halt the spread of communism through Indo China. About 30 per cent of the bombs did not explode on impact, leaving about 80 million bombs still on the surface, or just below. Now drone technology is opening up new possibilities for exploration and discovery. War crimes, development, and the many threats to cultural heritage. Opinion By Professor Ian Lilley, University of Queensland Posted Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.

War crimes, development, and the many threats to cultural heritage

Mystery surrounds 'advanced' society living in Jordanian desert over 6,000 years ago. Updated Archaeologists have uncovered three ancient, fortified settlements and what may be the earliest evidence of artificial irrigation systems while excavating in the basalt desert of Jordan.

Mystery surrounds 'advanced' society living in Jordanian desert over 6,000 years ago

The sites, which date back approximately 6,000 years to the late fifth and fourth millennia BCE, were located atop volcanic hills at the edge of north-eastern Jordan during surveys between 2010 and 2015. The archaeologist heading the study for the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute said the permanent settlements were a surprising find, and conflicted with earlier hypotheses that pastoralists had only visited the area for specific times of the year — usually during the wet season.

Skeletons shackled at the wrists found in ancient mass grave in Athens. Updated Archaeologists have offered a first look at the site where 80 skeletons with wrists clamped by iron shackles lie in a mass grave in an ancient Greek cemetery.

Skeletons shackled at the wrists found in ancient mass grave in Athens

Key points: Rare Roman mosaic 'depicting Hercules' unearthed in Cyprus. Posted A rare Roman mosaic has been uncovered in Cyprus during sewerage work on the eastern Mediterranean island.

Rare Roman mosaic 'depicting Hercules' unearthed in Cyprus

Only part of the mosaic, measuring 19 metres long and seven metres wide, has been excavated in the southern coastal city of Larnaca and officials believe more is still buried. "A preliminary estimation would suggest that scenes of the Labours of Hercules are depicted and that it is dated to the Roman period," the antiquities department said in a statement.

Philistine cemetery uncovered in archaeological dig in Israel, Goliath's people were 'normal sized' Updated A Philistine cemetery has been unearthed for the first time in southern Israel, shedding new light on the culture of the biblical giant Goliath's people.

Philistine cemetery uncovered in archaeological dig in Israel, Goliath's people were 'normal sized'

Key points: Ancient Mesopotamia: Famous Rulers of Mesopotamia. History >> Ancient Mesopotamia Sumerians Gilgamesh (c. 2650 BC) - Gilgamesh was the fifth king of the Sumerian city of Uruk.

Ancient Mesopotamia: Famous Rulers of Mesopotamia

He became known as a demigod with superhuman strength in later legends and tales such as the Epic of Gilgamesh.Akkadian Empire Sargon the Great (reigned 2334 - 2279 BC) - Sargon the Great, or Sargon of Akkad, founded the world's first empire, the Akkadian Empire. Ancient Civilization of Mesopotamia. A word search puzzle to include within a unit on Ancient Mesopotamia. Students review spelling and vocabulary while enjoying the fun of looking for…

Additional Material Menu: Ancient Man and his First Civilizations. Gallery: Archaeological mysteries hidden in satellite images. Archaeologists have many tools at their disposal: shovels, trowels, satellites. If you are scratching your head at that final entry, check out how TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak uses satellite imagery to locate long-lost ancient sites, and to solve some of archaeology’s most enduring mysteries. The mystery: What happened to Itj-tawy, the ancient capital of Egypt? Itj-tawy, once located on the bank of the Nile, was Egypt’s capital for about 350 years during the period known as the Middle Kingdom. But sometime after 1785 BC, when the capital moved to Thebes, Itj-tawy disappeared. “Egyptologists knew the city had to be somewhere near the pyramids of the two kings who built it, but that only narrowed it down to an area about four miles by three miles in size,” says Parcak.

Writing. Ancient Mesopotamia — Free Illustrated Presentation in PowerPoint Format for Kids and Teachers created by artist, Phillip Martin. Mesopotamia From Nomads to Farmers. Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations for Kids. Ancient Sumer, Babylon & Assyria (Mesopotamia) - What do a sailboat and a wheel have in common? They were both invented by the ancient Sumerians. Find out what happened to kids in school who disobeyed their teacher! Meet the first superhero - King Gilgamesh. Come meet the people who lived 5000 years ago in the land between two rivers. Quick View: Ancient Civilizations for Kids and Teachers. Ancient_mesopotamia.ppt - Microsoft PowerPoint Online. Index. Mesopotamia - The British Museum. Ziggurats. Writing. Phillip Martin's You Be the Judge of Hammurabi's Code. Hammurabi, the Priest King Hammurabi (ca. 1792 - 1750 BC) united all of Mesopotamia under his forty-three year reign of Babylon.

Although Hammurabi's Code is not the first code of laws (the first records date four centuries earlier), it is the best preserved legal document reflecting the social structure of Babylon during Hammurabi's rule. About the Code Two hundred eighty-two laws, concerning a wide variety of abuses, justify Hammurabi's claim of having acted "like a real father to his people . . . [who] has established prosperity . . . and (gave) good government to the land. " The Seven Wonders - Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Some stories indicate the Hanging Gardens towered hundreds of feet into the air, but archaeological explorations indicate a more modest, but still impressive, height. (Copyright Lee Krystek, 1998) The city of Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, must have been a wonder to the ancient traveler's eyes. Collapse: Mesopotamia.

History - Ancient History in depth: Mesopotamia. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. August 2008 - The world's ten oldest jokes revealed - University of Wolverhampton. 128 km Darwin (Berrimah) Radar Loop. 10 ways humans will leave fossils. Cultural Institute. Machu Picchu - Street View - Google Maps. London skeletons reveal British capital's 2,000-year history as ethnic melting pot. Ancient Civilizations for Kids.

Ancient China

Ancient India. Ancient Egypt. Indus Valley.