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Ancient DNA Reveals Role of Near East and Egypt in Cat Domestication

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade ...

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World Refugee Day

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. World Refugee Day honors the ...

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The Windmill and the Contribution of Persia

The Windmill and the Contribution of Persia

The Windmill and the Contribution of Persia By Dr. Kaveh Farrokh The article below is based on an excerpt from Kaveh Farrokh’s second text “Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War” (2007, Chapter 19: The Legacy of Persia after the Islamic Conquests, pages 280-281). ...

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Swiss Archaeologist Examines Ancient Nabateans' Water Technology

The infrastructure of Petra, the capital of the ancient Nabateans, still remains a mystery to most people who visit this heritage site. The focus of tourists when they arrive to Petra is to find splendid monuments, temples, shrines, churches and market places, but the water ...

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Earliest Evidence Found for Aboriginal People Living on the Australian Coast

A team of international archaeologists has confirmed evidence from a remote cave in Australia’s North West that pushes back human occupation of Australia to around 50,000 years ago.  The discovery is of international significance in providing one of the earliest age brackets for the settlement ...

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment Background Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in more than 100 countries. ...

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International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a day to remember those who served in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. They also honor the memory of people who died in the name of peace. Background The UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) was founded on May 29, ...

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Ancient Decorated Stone Block Found in Egypt

A stone block decorated with a cartouche of the pharaoh Nectanebo II was discovered in a hole in the floor of a home in the Egyptian city of Abydos. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an ...

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World Day for Cultural Diversity

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a chance for people to celebrate cultural diversity and ...

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Addition of Ancient Jewish Cemetery on Iran’s heritage list

By Faryar Nikbakht Following years of destruction, vandalism, encroachment and neglect of the ancient Gilliard cemetery, and after tireless efforts by cultural activists - in particular, the small remaining Iranian Jewish community - the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization has finally agreed to register this site in ...

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International Day of Families May 15

The International Day of Families, annually held on May 15, celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.   International Day of Families promotes the importance of a healthy and well-balanced family.©iStockphoto.com/Ekaterina Monakhova What Do People Do? A wide range of events ...

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4,000-year-old funerary garden discovered

The Djehuty Project has discovered a 4,000 year-old Funerary Garden- The first such garden ever found on the Dra Abu El-Naga hill in Luxor, Egypt as reported by a number of news outlets. The discoveries made by this project also shed light on a key ...

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More than 1M songbirds killed in Cyprus

Several news outlets have reported on the fact that British authorities in Cyprus have been criticized for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base. The estimated report is that almost 1.7 million birds were illegally killed across the Republic of ...

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Official Launch of New Database of ‘at risk’ Archaeological Sites

Official Launch of New Database of ‘at risk’ Archaeological Sites

WCHV congratulates the launch of a new database housed at University of Oxford, Durham University and University of Leicester.  The database also emphasizes the awareness of the scale of the problems related to the cost of conflict on heritage sites.  The new database will provide ...

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Global Humanitarian Call: Invest in Girls’ Education

Within the framework of the Fourth World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO, in collaboration with the Government of Azerbaijan, organized a High-level meeting on the importance of girls’ education for peaceful and sustainable societies. The attendees agreed that investing in girls' education is an urgent ...

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