Thursday, 25 June 2015

Conimbriga - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Conimbriga
Continent:    EUROPE
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Portugal
Period:    Ancient Rome
Sub-Region:    Southern Europe
Date:    100BC - 1BC
City/Town:    Condeixa a Nova
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Condeixa a Nova,

 A view of the ruins of the Roman settlement of Conímbriga

 The interior of the Casa dos Repuxos.

A view of the forum section at Conímbriga.
 A view of the Monographic Museum at Conímbriga.

 Sections of a residential domus with water gardens.

 An arched section of the aqueduct in one of the alleyways.

 The "skeleton" of the thermal baths.

 Votive and ceremonial structures.

 A maquette of the conceived layout of the forum at Conímbriga

The exposed ruins and the gazebo protecting the Casa dos Repuxos.

Conimbriga history
Conimbriga is probably Portugal’s best-preserved Ancient Roman archaeological site, although it has a history stretching back to the Iron Age. In fact, while the Romans arrived at Conimbriga in the late first century BC, the settlement had been inhabited since the ninth century BC.
Whilst almost certainly not the biggest of Portugal’s Roman cities (although it is yet to all be excavated), Conimbriga thrived under the Romans, the results of which can be seen in its ruins. It was only when Conimbriga was attacked in the fifth century that the Romans abandoned the area.
Things to see at Conimbriga include the remains of houses and public buildings, some quite impressive walls, a road, public baths including their heating systems and some mosaics. There’s also a small museum of finds.
For a sneak peek, the Conimbriga website has a fun virtual tour of the site. Conimbriga also features as one of our best visitor attractions in Portugal.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Cobá - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Cobá
Continent:    THE AMERICAS
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Mexico
Period:    Maya
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    600AD - 699AD
City/Town:    Coba
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Cancun,

 Coba Archeological Area

 Map of the Cobá archeological site

 Front view of the pyramid structure known as "La Iglesia" in the Group B, or Cobá Group, complex. Stela 11 is in the foreground at the base of the pyramid's steps, under the thatched roofing.

Cobá history
Cobá in Quintana Roo in Mexico houses the remains of a once vast city that developed in around 632 AD and peaked between 800 and 1100 AD. Whilst it is thought that Cobá originally spanned a massive 60 square kilometres, the current archaeological site has yet to uncover all its remains. What can be viewed is spread into four sections, named Grupo Cobá, Chumuc Mul, Macanxoc and Nohoch Mul.
Grupo Cobá contains a large holy pyramid called the Temple of the Church, translated as “La Iglesia”. Nearby, along a worn path is a playing field used to play ball games, signposted as “juego de pelota”.
The most impressive site at Cobá is its Great Pyramid, also known as the Nohoch Mul Pyramid. Rising to a height of 138 feet, the Great Pyramid is the second tallest of all Maya pyramids in the region after Estructura II at Calakmul. Climbing the steep stairs of this pyramid can be daunting, but the views are great.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Citania de Briteiros - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Citania de Briteiros
Continent:    EUROPE
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Portugal
Period:    Iron Age
Sub-Region:    Southern Europe
Date:    200BC - 101BC
City/Town:    Guimaraes
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Guimaraes,

 View of the Citânia de Briteiros, showing house ruins and stone paving

 Citânia de Briteiros during an 1877 archaeological campaign

 Castro houses reconstructed by Martins Sarmento at the Citânia de Briteiros

 Panorama of the hill of the Citânia de Briteiros, view from the south

The Pedra Formosa from the baths of the Citânia de Briteiros

Citania de Briteiros history
Citania de Briteiros is a Portuguese archaeological site containing the ruins of an ancient settlement. In fact, dating back to the second century BC, Citania de Briteiros was home to a people known as part of the castro culture, named as such because the high areas on which they settled where known as "castros".
Today, visitors can see the remains of Citania de Briteiros Iron Age hillfort, circular homes and a cremation furnace. There’s also a small exhibition of excavated finds.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Choquequirao - Tour of Ancient world

Name:   Choquequirao
Continent:    THE AMERICAS
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Peru
Period:    Inca
Sub-Region:    South America
Date:    1400AD - 1499AD
City/Town:    Cachora
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Cuzco,

 Truncated hill top at Choquequirao

 Terraces at Choquequirao

 Main structures of Choquequirao

 White stone llama in the terraces of Choquequirao

White stone llama in the terraces of Choquequirao

Choquequirao history
Choquequirao is a little known Incan city in the south of Peru which may well have served as the final stronghold of the Incan civilisation.
Similar in design and architechture to the far better known Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is almost devoid of tourist due to its isolated position.
Built in the late 15th century and expanded over the next century Choquequirao is believed to have served as an administrative hub for the region, as well as providing a local military centre.
In the 16th century, as the Incan Empire was gripped by civil war and then rocked by the arrival of the Conquistadors, Choquequirao - in the Vilcabamaba region - was used as a refuge by Inca forces fleeing the siege of Cuzco.
After the eventual defeat of the last of the Incan forces in 1572 the city was lost from record until European explorers came across Choquequirao in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today, the ruins of Choquequirao still contain impressive sites but its isolated position means it is a difficult spot to access. A two-day hike from the nearest village has ensured that only the most committed of travellers explore these remains.
However, for better or worse, facilities in the area are improving and the Peruvian government are considering ways to improve access to the site. Choquequirao features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Peru.
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