Archeological Wonders

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  • 300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire: Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats Xerxes with superior naval power.

  • Acropolis - Parthenon with Statue of Athena:

  • ALEXANDER'S BEQUEST: The city-states of mainland Greece see much destruction before Alexander claims the throne.

  • ALEXANDER'S DEATH: Although his kingly ancestors had died violent deaths, Alexander the Great became ill with a fever and died soon thereafter. His outstanding victories, wisdom and bravery were the source of stories lo...

  • ALEXANDER'S EARLY CONQUESTS: Philip's well-trained military helps Alexander to be a strong leader.

  • ALEXANDER'S HOMETOWN: Archeological discoveries reveal Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, as a place of wealth.

  • ALEXANDER'S JOURNEY IN PICTURES: Take a virtual tour to visit some of the places Alexander conquers.

  • Alexander the Great: Alexander the Great is born into wealth, driven by ambition, and serves as a role model.

  • Ancient Olympics: When and where did the Olympic Games begin? During the Archaic Period in ancient Greece, sacred Olympia is host to the ancient Olympic games. What is the purpose of those Games, and when did they beg...

  • ANNIHILATION: Eruptions lead to the river of mud, hot ash and gases that bury Pompeii.

  • ASSASSINATION OF PHILIP II: Alexander is quick to claim the throne after the death of his father who was murdered, by one of the King's own bodyguards.

  • Athena - Greek Goddess of Wisdom: A famous statue of the Greek goddess, Athena Parthenos, is now lost. The work, by Pheidias, once graced the Parthenon in Athens.

  • ATTILA: FEARSOME RULER: Attila and his Huns cause death and destruction in town after town on their westward trek.

  • Babylonian Empire: The Babylonian Empire became a dominant force in the ancient world, after the fall of the Assyrians.

  • BATTLE at the HOT GATES: Thermopylae is the battleground for a fight where the defending Greek army kills many of Xerxes' invading Persian soldiers.

  • Blood Preserved in Mosquito for 46 Million Years: Scientists make a stunning find when they realize a gift to the Smithsonian's National History Museum contains a highly preserved, blood-engorged mosquito which lived 46 million years ago.

  • BODIES TELL TALES: In 1995, the mummified remains of a young girl are found; she was probably a sacrifice to the gods.

  • Carnotaurus and Indominus Rex: When scientists working in the Hammond Lab, at Jurassic World, decide to "create" a new hybrid dinosaur, they use the DNA of a South American predator known as Carnotaurus.

  • Charles Darwin: In the late summer of 1831, Charles Darwin was invited to accompany Captain Robert FitzRoyon avoyage aboard a ship to South America.

  • CHASING DARIUS III: Alexander's main enemy is Darius III, head of the Persian Empire. The young ruler's strategy just might get the better of his older rival.

  • Chryselephantine Shield - Before Reconstruction:

  • City of Purple - Ruins at Tyre: The town of Tyrenear today's town of Sor (in Lebanon)was part of the Roman world.

  • Crannogs: Home, home on the Lochs: The lochs of Scotland and Ireland hold many secrets. Among them are crannogs, ancient conical homes built upon the waters of the lochs that sculpt the coasts of these island nations. The oldest discov...

  • CUNEIFORM AND HIEROGLYPHICS: Web sites and other information on Cuneiform, Hieroglyphics, and ancient Persia.

  • CUNEIFORM IS DECIPHERED: The Egyptians have the Rosetta Stone; the Babylonians have King Darius who provides key information to unlock Cuneiform.

  • Darius the Great - Father of Xerxes: Darius I the Great King of Persia

  • Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovered in the caves of Qumran in the Dead Sea region, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest-known surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Scriptures.

  • Death of People in Pompeii: As a pyroclastic flow races toward Pompeii, people in the town fear for their lives. Thousands of years later, when excavators begin to uncover what happened in Pompeii, residents' bodies are found - ...

  • Depiction of Original Olympic Area:

  • DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS: T-Rex is an extinct, North American meat-eating dinosaur first found in 1902 by Barnum Brown.

  • DINOSAUR FOSSILS: Since the early 19th century, people have searched for fossilized dinosaurs (starting when these enormous creatures were previously unknown and unnamed).

  • DINOSAUR TRACKS AND DISPUTES: In 1802, a 12-year-old school boy named Pliny Moody is the first person to discover fossilized dinosaur tracks.

  • Diplodocus - Dinosaur Found in 1899: Diplodocus was a massive dinosaur which ate plants. It had a really long tail which served as a counter-balance to its really long neck.

  • DISCOVERY OF PHILIP'S TOMB: A tomb in the ancient town of Aegae (Aigai), known today as Vergina, holds treasures from Alexander's father, Philip II. The site may actually be the King's tomb, although scholars are still debating ...

  • Dying Man at Pompeii: People and animals, who became victims of Vesuvius in 79 AD, were buried in hot volcanic ash. As the ash hardened (volcanic ash does not dissolve in water), it molded itself to those who had died. Di...

  • EARLY DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES: New discoveries of known and unknown dinosaurs continue to provide new information about Earth's past.

  • EGYPTIAN MUMMIES: The Egyptians are experts at creating mummies; after death, the pharaohs after death went through a process of mummification.

  • ELEPHANTS IN WAR: Alexander and his army come face to face with Asian elephants in India.

  • El Plomo Mummy - Story of a Child Mummy: The well-preserved remains of a young boy, referred to as the El Plomo Mummy, were discovered, in 1954, on Cerro El Plomo.

  • EPHIALTES - THE TRAITOR: Ephialtes, a Greek traitor, leads Xerxes' army on a secret path around Thermopylae in order to surround and defeat the Greek army.

  • Etruscan Art from Tomb of the Leopards: Although we know very little about the Etruscans from historical evidence, we can learn about them from their art.

  • FAMOUS HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS: TheHimalayan Mountains claim nine of the world's ten highest peaks, including the highest Mount Everest.

  • Feldspar - Part of the Earth's Crust: Robert (Rob) Lavinsky, PhD, took this photo. He describes a piece of feldspar: A superb, textbook feldspar crystal.

  • Final Moments of Pompeii: A pyroclastic surge - a deadly, fast-moving avalanche of searing gas and rock fragments - makes its way toward Herculaneum. People, who think they will be safe on the beach, are not. All die from the...

  • First Emperor of China: Ancient Chinese writings about a man named Ying Zheng and the unification of China.

  • FOSSILIZED AMBER: Bacteria from a bee in amber has been revived; however, science cannot yet revive an extinct animal.

  • FRANKLIN EXPEDITION MUMMIES: John Franklin, his two ships (Erebus and Terror) and his crew disappear. Searchers later find well-preserved mummified remains which provide clues why the men died.

  • FROZEN MUMMIES: Extreme cold can also mummify a human body. One woman in the northern hemisphere is so well preserved that lice can be observed on her head.

  • Giganotosaurus and Indominus Rex: Working on their creation, in the Hammond Lab, Jurassic World scientists use the DNA of Giganotosaurus to create Indominus Rex.

  • Giganotosaurus in Action: From fossilized remains in Argentina, paleontologists have estimated the size and power of a dinosaur called Giganotosaurus.

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