National Geographic: Egypt Pyramids--Facts, Photos, Diagrams Writer Carl Hoffman traveled to Egypt in February 2011, a week after popular demonstrations led to the president's resignation. These are his observations. Tourism is Egypt’s second largest source of revenue, bringing in $13 billion in 2010. The Great Pyramid at Giza, after all, is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. To visit the Pyramids is to be struck dumb by their monumentality, their celebration of the fundamental human need to create. I have visited them before, but this time they felt different. In the empty quiet I had a chance to talk to the horsemen and camel drivers who usually hustle rides to tourists. “We have no work, nothing,” said Ali Abd el Hamid, astride his camel. He and his colleagues ply their trade seven days a week, year in and year out, a profession inherited from their fathers and grandfathers. “I had three camels but sold two to feed my family,” says Hussein, who wouldn’t give his last name.
Cartography Cartography (from Greek χάρτης khartēs, "map"; and γράφειν graphein, "write") is the study and practice of making maps. Combining science, aesthetics, and technique, cartography builds on the premise that reality can be modeled in ways that communicate spatial information effectively. The fundamental problems of traditional cartography are to: Set the map's agenda and select traits of the object to be mapped. Modern cartography is largely integrated with geographic information science (GIScience) and constitutes many theoretical and practical foundations of geographic information systems. History The earliest known map is a matter of some debate, both because the definition of "map" is not sharp and because some artifacts speculated to be maps might actually be something else. Mappa mundi are the Medieval European maps of the world. The Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi produced his medieval atlas Tabula Rogeriana in 1154. Technological changes Map types
ANGKORWAT Miraculously, very little damage has been made on the Angkor region as a result of the bloody civil that has terrorized the Cambodia for over 30 years. The Khmer Rouge, an extreme-left organization has actively organized guerrilla activities against Prince Sihanouk's government. In 1975, many Buddhist monks who lived in the Angkor temples were massacred along with the majority of the Buddhist population as a result of a "social reorganization". However, Angkor Wat suffered very little structural damage in that attack. Angkor began to decline around 1220 after the death of Jayavarman VII, and then was sacked twice by the Thais, in 1351 and 1431. The temples of Angkor are not far from Siem Reap and there are a number of transport options. Click here to see a brief introduction to the temples and some suggestions for itineraries. Click here to go to top.
Dimensions of the Cheops (Khufu) pyramid and building materials involved. Numbers and figures of the Cheops (Khufu) pyramid: The pyramid of Khufu - Output / performance - Building material - Dimensions of the pyramid - Dimensions in Royal Cubits - Sources Cheops-pyramid (pyramid of Khufu) Of the the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) at Giza is the only one still standing. The Giza pyramids must have made an incredible visual impact - at the edge of the desert three abstract geometrical symbols were rising, huge luminous white triangles reflecting the blinding light of the sun! The pyramids on the Giza plateau are with 146.59m (Khufu / Cheops) and 143.87m (Khafre / Chefren) respectively the largest, however there are over 30 major pyramids and a myriad of smaller pyramids in Egypt. Cheops-Pyramid 1. Output / performance Detailed calculations how many workers were necessary to build the pyramid Overview pyramid building Building materials for the Cheops-pyramid Quarrying stones for the pyramid Löhner's rope roll Sources
Temples of Angkor | Expedition Road Of Bones Imagine an empire, in which center Angkor, lived one million people, where at the same time the population of London was only 50,000 people. An empire which stretched at the zenith of its development from Burma to Vietnam. Angkor was the religious and political center and home to hundreds of temples. The most famous temple complex Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building. But also the other, some excellent temples are worth seeing. Reason enough to plan a few days here. We decided to reverse the usual tour route to avoid some package tourists. The temples of Angkor were discovered in 1860 again. A minima idea what the explorers must have found you can see at Ta Prohm. The Banteay Kdei complex shows a different side compared with Ta Prohm. A free-standing complex impressed me and so I set up my camera, calculate the exposure with my filters and wait for a gap in the flow of tourists. It is twelve o’clock and we hope that some tourists go back to Siem Real for lunch.
Map Projections, Geography Glossary Advertisement. EnchantedLearning.com is a user-supported site. As a bonus, site members have access to a banner-ad-free version of the site, with print-friendly pages.Click here to learn more. (Already a member? A map is a representation of a place. Projections: Maps are called projections because map-makers have to project a 3-D surface onto a 2-D map. Since a map is 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimensional world, compromises must be made in accuracy (some information must be lost when one dimension is ignored). Maps that accurately reflect area are often called equal-area maps (an example is the Albers equal-area conic map). Related Terms: Temples of Angkor Wat: The most Famous and Remarkable of all of Cambodia's Ancient Temples The temples of Angkor display a coherent set of architectural and decorative elements. Most of the temples are based on the concept of the "temple mountain", i.e. the architectural representation of the mythical Mount Meru, center of the world and home of the gods. In some cases, the main temple building is shaped as a pyramid, in other cases the roofs of the temple sanctuaries are designed as multi-leveled, stylized mountains. Mythical figures such as Naga, the serpent king, and apsara, celestial dancers, adorn most of the temples, whether dedicated to a Hindu god or Buddhist practice. Angkor Wat Temples: Angkor Wat | Bakheng | Bakong | Banteay Kdei | Banteay Samre | Banteay Srei | Beng Mealea | East Mebon | Kravan | Lolei | Neak Poan | Preah Khan | Preah Ko | Pre Rup | Ta Keo | Ta Prohm Angkor Wat Noted for its architectural and artistic perfection, not to mention its sheer size, Angkor Wat is the most famous and no doubt the most remarkable of all of Cambodia's ancient temples. Site
Explore Ancient Egypt Explore Ancient Egypt with our Interactive Map © 2012 This website is produced by the Student Recruitment, Admissions and International Development Division at The University of Manchester 201003033452 | Dynasty of Priestesses This page is viewed 1738 times Archaeology Magazine Evidence of a powerful female bloodline emerges from the Iron Age necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete For a quarter century, Greek excavation director Nicholas Stampolidis and his dedicated team have been unearthing the untold stories of the people buried some 2,800 years ago in the necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete. History and Excavations The site of Eleutherna includes an acropolis, a polis, and a necropolis. The Dorians wove Minoan culture into the tapestry of this cosmopolitan city. Stampolidis's team has unearthed three types of Iron Age burials at Orthi Petra--or "Standing Stone" --dating from the ninth to the seventh century B.C.: pithos (large ceramic jar) burials, cremations, and basic inhumations. Despite the excavation's extraordinary success, Professor Stampolidis is greatly humbled. Sacred Adornments Makings of a Matriline Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites Related News: