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Dig Diary, January 31, 2016: Taking a balloon ride over the monuments at dawn is a popular tourist activity. Sometimes, however, the balloon has to land unexpectedly. This one almost ended up in the Nile in the middle of our 3rd week of work. The January 23-28 work week has been interesting. Looking west through the Taharqa Gate you can see the progress we’ve made in our east square: we ar...

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Temple of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico. Teotihuacan means ‘the place where the gods were created’.

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My favorite egyptian temple “Deir El Bahari”. The temple of pharao Hatschepsut.

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Archeologists have recently opened the Domus Aurea (Nero’s Golden House) to the public. Excavation of the Domus Aurea began in 1900 and has not stopped since. The tour enters a hard-hat work area which is very much in flux. Aided by VR, the magnificence and extravagance of this Nero’s estate comes to life. I was floored by what I learned on this tour. I came away feeling a sense of awe. Ner...

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Seated Figure (in sorrow, prayer?) 13th century. Djenné peoples, Mali; Inland Niger Delta region. Metropolitan Museum, NYC. “This terracotta sculpture comes from a site called Jenne-jeno, the oldest known city in sub-Saharan Africa. Jenne-jeno flourished in the ninth century A.D., but declined and was abandoned by 1400″

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David Chipperfield, James Simon Galerie, Museum Island | Berlin, Germany, 1999–2018 VS Mnesicles and Kallikrates, Propylaea and Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis | Athens, Greece, 437-432 BC and 425 BC

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