Cucuruzzu, a prehistoric archaeological site in Corsica, located in the commune of Levie, France.
Archaeological excavations suggest that the site dates back to about 7,000 years BC, and was occupied until the Middle Ages. The citadel shown in the first photo is from the Bronze Age.
Photos courtesy & taken by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT
The Migdol Temple at Pella in Jordan.
The first photo shows the three major building phases of the temple that stretch from its construction in the Middle Bronze Age (1650 BC) to its destruction in the Iron Age (850 BC).
Second photo: In the foreground a large multi-roomed Iron Age (ca. 900 BC) complex is being excavated, while in the background, work is being undertaken to investigate deposits beneath the Middle Bronze Age temple structure (>1650 BC). Note the massive west exterior wall of the Migdol Temple seen in this image.
Photos courtesy & taken by Ben Churcher, the University of Sydney.
The Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Corinth.
The temple had a double cella, each with two rows of columns (there were once 38, only 7 remain), and a pronaos. At the time of discovery it was one of the oldest temples in Greece, dates to around 540 BC, and was built to replace an earlier temple from the 7th C BC.
Photos courtesy & taken by Jeanhousen
The Mayan Tikal National Park, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D.
UNESCO World Heritage official description:
In the heart of this jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of the Mayan civilization. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.
The ruined city reflects the cultural evolution of Mayan society from hunter- gathering to farming, with an elaborate religious, artistic and scientific culture which finally collapsed in the late 9th century. At its height, AD 700-800, the city supported a population of 90,000 Mayan Indians. There are over 3,000 separate buildings dating from 600 BC to AD 900, including temples, residences, religious monuments decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and tombs. (read more)
Photos courtesy & taken by Ondřej Žváček
Moray an unusual Incan archaeological site in Peru
Photos courtesy & taken by McKay Savage:
The gorgeous circular terraced bowl of Moray are thought to be an experimental agricultural nursery for the Incas, with different micro-climates allowing for different varieties of corn to be planted at deeper levels of the circular bowl. Others, both locals and foreign spiritually-minded, feel such a technical explanation fails to match the obvious effort, aesthetics and position the amazing circular site took.
Whether a testing ground or an energetic site or somewhere in the middle, the site has an undeniable beauty, power and mystical feeling, like an agricultural amphitheatre.
Source: Flickr / mckaysavage
Grave Circle A in Mycenae is a 16th century BC royal cemetery situated to the south of the Lion Gate, the main entrance of the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, southern Greece.
Once part of a large cemetery outside the acropolis walls, Grave Circle- A was discovered within the Mycenaean citadel by Heinrich Schliemann, who excavated it in 1876 under the supervision of the Greek Ephor of Antiquities Panagiotis Stamatakis.
Grave Circle A comprises six rectangular vertical shaft graves, which measure from 3.0 by 3.5 meters in width to 4.5 by 6.4 meters in length. These shaft graves consist of two parts: the main shaft itself, which is cut into the bed-rock and a larger pit surrounding it. After the grave goods were deposited in the main shaft, a wood or flagstone cover supported by the shaft’s sides was set in place and the larger pit was filled with earth.
The tombs in Grave Circle A contained a total of nineteen burials: nine males, eight females and two infants. With the exception of Grave II, which contained a single burial, all of the other graves contained between two and five inhumations. The deceased were placed on their backs, generally on an east-west axis. Schliemann cleared Graves IV and Stamatakis excavated Grave VI one year later. The pottery finds from Graves I, II, III and VI indicate a range of dates from the end of the Middle Helladic period to the Late Helladic IIA period, that is, from the 16th to the early 15th centuries BC.
The amazing wealth of the grave gifts reveals both the high social rank and the martial spirit of the deceased: gold jewelry and vases, a large number of decorated swords and other bronze objects, and artefacts made of imported materials, such as amber, lapis lazuli, faience and ostrich eggs. All of these, together with a small but characteristic group of pottery vessels, confirm Mycenae’s importance during this period, and justify Homer’s designation of Mycenae as ‘rich in gold.’
The discovery of Grave Circle A startled the entire world with its momentous finds. It brought to light a great and hitherto unknown civilization, and paved the way for the study of Greek prehistory. The excavation of Mycenae has expanded Schliemann’s fame and gave him the title of the “father of the Mycenaean archaeology”. (via greek-thesaurus)
Photos courtesy & taken by Jeanhousen