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Offering

A rose left at one of the stelae at Tikal in Guatemala.

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Frozen in Time

A picture of one of the casts made by early archaeologists at Pompeii Scavi in Italy. Let me reiterate for anyone who hasn’t looked on this blog before; I am a HUGE archaeology dork. So, if you are like me, or you just like awesomeness in general I would highly recommend a trip to these ruins as well as some of the smaller sites that are near by. Pompeii is really big, but i’d suggest going in every room you have access to; you never know what awesome things might be hiding behind those walls.

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Stones against the Sky

Ok, so just to re-establish this, i’m an archaeology dork. This is a photo of the Xunantunich ruins in Belize. This site is really, REALLY cool. It’s a little bit on the small side, but as you can see here there are some really interesting structures still standing. These ruins are pretty accessible, which is really nice too. If you are staying in San Ignacio you can take the bus over here. One thing to be aware of if you don’t have a car or aren’t taking a taxi up is that once you cross the tiny river to get to the road that leads you up to the ruins, you are going to have to walk. I’d say the walk is close to a mile long, and it’s pretty hilly, but it’s totally worth it. Also, the first time I went here with my family (I went back twice after that while I was in field school) we had a guide. you can see two triangular shaped window areas near the top of the structure (which kind of makes the area there look like an elephant, but it’s not) according to our guide when this site was still in use the people here would put fires in those openings. You could see it from pretty far away, it made the building look like a monster to people who were down in the jungle, so it was kind of a defense mechanism. Let me reiterate that i’m really dorky when it comes to archaeology stuff so when I heard that I thought it was super cool, which is why I decided to share it for anyone else who might be interested. Anyway, it’s a really cool site, like I said, i’ve been there three times, and i’d highly recommend going. Plus the view from the top of this building is awesome.

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Still Standing

Greece is GREAT for ruins, if you are an archaeology lover or if you dig greek history i’d highly recommend going around Athens and some of the other near by ruin areas. These ruins are remarkably well preserved, and whether you know about the ruins or not you can appreciate their beauty and how awesomely impressive they are.

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Acropolis

A view of the beautiful Acropolis in Greece. I’d recommend a visit here, and if you are going you should ABSOLUTELY go to the museum by there. It’s a great museum and the ruins are absolutely beautiful.

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A panoramic view; taken in Athens, Greece

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Ruins in Athens, Greece (2009)

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