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Maijishan Cave-Temple ComplexChina uses drones to protect ancient grottoes 2019-03-25
LANZHOU, March 25 (Xinhua) -- In an effort to better protect ancient relics remotely located in deep mountains and forests, experts are turning to drones for assistance.The Maijishan grottoes, over 1,600 years old, are carved in the caves of an isolated m

Site of Bashbaliq CityGround Paved with High Standard Lotus Pattern Bricks of Tang Dynasty Discovered on the Site of Bashbaliq City 2018-12-19
On September 13, the largest archaeological excavation onthe Site of BashbaliqCity achieved gratifying results. The relicsunearthed onthe site not only include coins of Kaiyuan Tongbao, eaves tilefragments, and pantile fragments, but also the groundpavedw

Maijishan Cave-Temple ComplexIn pictures:Maijishan Cave-Temple Complex 2018-09-13
TheMaijishanCave-TempleComplex,builtandcarvedfrom mid-5thcenturyto13thcenturyAD,isthesecondlargestBud- dhistCave-TempleComplexinHosiCorridor,secondtoDun- huangMogaoCaves.Itisarepresentativecave-templecomplex ofWesternWeiandNorthernZhoudynastiesanddemonstr

Maijishan Cave-Temple ComplexDamage assessed at Buddhist grottoes in NW China 2017-10-23
Closer view of the Maijishan Grottoes in Northwest China's Gansu province, August 12, 2015 A systematic assessment for damage to caves at Maijishan Grottoes in Northwest China's Gansu province has been conducted as part of restoration work, according to l

Small Wild Goose PagodaThe Night of Small Goose Pagoda 2017-03-07

Site of Qocho CityIn pictures: Cultural Relics of Teter Grotto (Kizil) 2017-02-17
Pictures of Cultural Relics of Teter Grotto (Kizil)

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Forget the image of the hooded executioner swinging an ax; much of what we think we know about these medieval figures isn't true.

The lore surrounding medieval executioners is fairly off base.(Image: © Shutterstock)One afternoon in May 1573, a 19-year-old man named Frantz Schmidt stood in the backyard of his father's house in the German state of Bavaria, preparin

Archaeologists Who Are Banned from Syria Mourn the Cost of War

(Image: © STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)Archaeologist describes horrors of watching Syria burn.I used to be a Near Eastern archaeologist working in Syria. Nowadays, I am stuck in academic purgatory, observing from a great distance as the c

This Ancient Mosque in Israel May Have Been Built Just a Few Years After Muhammed's Death

This rural mosque likely served nearby farmers sometime between A.D. 600 and 700.Credit: Israel Antiquities AuthorityThe remains of a humble house of worship have been discovered in Rahat, Israel.While surveying the site before the construc

Ancient Roman 'Pen' Was a Joke Souvenir

This ancient Roman stylus may have been the equivalent of today's joke souvenir.Credit: MOLAThe tradition of buying cheap, joke souvenirs for your loved ones while traveling dates back at least two millennia.During an archaeological excavat

A Mysterious, Cross-Shaped Structure Is Buried Underground in Russia. It Could Be One of the World's Oldest Churches.

An unknown structure in the northwestern part of the fortress of Naryn-Kala could be one of the world's oldest churches.Credit: MISIS National University of Science and TechnologyUsing a celestial phenomenon, archaeologists are probing a my