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
Sep. 27, 2016 Many people are concerned about conservation of the planet's cute and cuddlies. But in a world of global climate change, sometimes we must prioritize which species we can and ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 As scientists continue finding evidence for life in the ocean more than 3 billion years ago, those ancient fossils pose a paradox that raises questions about whether there ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 Imagine a meter long worm with 12 stubby legs and matching sets of flaps running down the body. On the head is a large pair of spiny appendages used for grasping prey that ... read more
Sep. 23, 2016 The copper used to make Ötzi's axe blade did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not ... 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
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
Aug. 11, 2014 Researchers have investigated erosion in the different kinds of limestone in the Western Wall at the foot of Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Stones made up of large crystals were almost unchanged in ... 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