The Bagan temple complex is one of the holiest and most visited sites in Myanmar. But many temples have been badly renovated over the past 20 years, which could threaten its application for world heritage status.
Xinhua News Agency (Feb. 6, 2011) A building on the grounds of Fujian Province's Fahai Temple has been lost to fire. The temple dates back to the year 945, and houses a large number of ancient Buddhist ... watch video
AFP (May 3, 2015) The Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, known as the "Monkey Temple", was reduced to a pile of rubble by the earthquake that devastated much of Nepal on 25 April. Archeologists are at the site to ... watch video
AFP (Aug. 24, 2015) Islamic State group jihadists blow up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities says.
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AFP (Sep. 27, 2012) In ancient times, the sons of almost every family in the remote, mysterious Upper Dolpa region of Nepal would jointly marry one woman but the practice of polyandry is dying out as the region begins ... watch video
Aug. 27, 2015 WHRC scientists have counseled the State Department on policies that could control permafrost thaw, including reducing global carbon emissions from fossil fuel use and deforestation, and limiting ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 In an unexpected discovery, a research team of scientists and art conservators has found an unusual use of the pigment Egyptian blue in Roman-era Egyptian mummy portraits. No ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 The membranes of sediment-entombed archaea are an increasingly popular way to determine ocean surface temperatures back to the age of the dinosaurs. But new results show that ... read more
Aug. 24, 2015 The second ice age during the Cryogenian period was not followed by the sudden and chaotic melting-back of the ice as previously thought, but ended with regular advances and retreats of the ice, ... read more
Aug. 21, 2015 A recalculation of the dates at which boulders were uncovered by melting glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age has conclusively shown that the glacial retreat was due to ... read more
May 1, 2015 An international archaeological team is investigating an historic site devastated by conflict in Lebanon. They have demonstrated it is possible to obtain original and important information from ... read more
Mar. 5, 2015 A scientific team has rediscovered a bird previously thought to be extinct. Jerdon's babbler (Chrysomma altirostre) had not been seen in Myanmar since July 1941, where it was last found in ... read more
Nov. 12, 2014 For 13 centuries, the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in Indian art -- a towering layer cake of elaborate, hand-carved friezes populated by a bevy of ... read more
June 4, 2014 Long-lost paintings have been discovered on the walls of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple. The ancient paintings date back almost 500 years and depict deities, animals, boats and the temple ... read more