Each Country is a discovery

Friday, 14 July 2017

Once upon a time there were, in New Zealand, the Pink and White Terraces, pink and white stone terraces with thermal water tanks descending on Lake Rotomahana, in the North Island. They were the eighth natural wonder of the world and the largest tourist attraction south of the equator. On June 10, 1886, an eruption of the Tarawera volcano submerged them with lava and debris.

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Submerged, but not destroyed, though two scientists from the New Zealand Institute of Geological Sciences, Rex Bunn and Sasha Nolden, last June, have identified the site where the terraces are buried and excavations could bring them back to light as happened in Italy with the ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried under the ashes, lapilli and mud from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Discovery (and curiosity), the theme of this new focus. Speaking of Pompeii, from last spring, new excavation sites began in the archaeological park. From Saturday, July 8, 2017, there are also the new routes of sounds and lights “One Night in Pompeii”, in the Forum area, the heart of the political, religious and economic life of the ancient city.

Still few words about Pompeii, just to point out that 30 buildings have been restored and returned to public fruition, including the Villa dei Misteri and Casa dei Vietti, and in 2017 should end with a new record of visitors. In 2016, 3 million and 200,000 tickets were sold.

Let’s remain in Italy: a few days ago, in Rome, there have been brought to light some spaces, totally unknown so far, two Constantinians domus in the archaeological area of Santa Croce in Jerusalem. These are three rooms of the Domus of the portraits, the residence of the courtiers of Elena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, that better clarify the structure and its function.

Let’s change Country, let’s reach Mexico. Undoubtedly you know the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, World Heritage Site. And maybe you knew about the third structure found inside the Pyramid of Kukulkàn. There are, therefore, three pyramids that compose the so-called Castillo, a kind of maya-style matrioska, to employ a quite used expression.

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There is another curious matrioska in the world. It is Vulcan Point Island, in the Philippines. A natural matryoshka, an expression that seems a tongue-twister and almost makes your head spin: an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

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Vulcan Point Island is a rock that appears on the Crater Lake, a lake formed on the Volcano Island, a dormant volcano. Volcano Island is located on Lake Taal and this latter on the island of Luzon. Vulcan Point Island is not a unique case in the world: in 2012, via Google Earth, another matrioska island was discovered in Canada, in the Nunavut region, in an uninhabited area.

Let’s change scenario again. Let’s go to Egypt, in the Tunah Al Jabal archaeological area, near Minya, a city 250 kilometers south of Cairo. Last May, 17 mummies were found. It is the first human necropolis discovered in that area. Mummified bodies belonged to functionaries and ministers.

Still in Egypt, but in Luxor, a tomb dating back to 3,000 years ago was discovered last April, with six mummies inside, each with a golden mask and numerous artifacts.

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Also recent is the discovery of a large marble paved square of Byzantine age at Aghia Sofia central station in Thessaloniki, Greece. It would be a unicum, in Europe. Such a square was only found in Jerash, Jordan.

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Among other recent discoveries of great interest, we point out the neanderthal ring structures built with pieces of regular stalagmites found in the cave of Bruniquel, France, and scenes of landscapes, human figures, animals and plants made by aborigines in the north-west of Australia over 12,000 years ago.

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With regard to archeology, we also point out the result of an analysis of stockmen nomadic movements in the areas of sheep farming in Asia: researchers at the Washington University of St. Louis, USA and University College of London, UK, discovered a link between those movements and the archaeological sites that come along the reticulated itineraries of the Silk Road.

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We could go on forever, drawing on the discoveries of the past and those closest to our day. And we could also undertake a journey to discover discoveries (excuse us the word game) of new animal and plant species.

On the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, for example, two new species of tarsier have been discovered, small animals with giant eyes, renamed the Yoda of the forest. In Madagascar, a new species of gecko has been discovered, characterized by its hard and very large scales, which can detach themselves (and then regenerate) in case of danger, just like the tail of the lizards.

We may continue, but we stop, because we do not mean to waste your time and also because we want to suggest you to go hunting for discoveries and curiosities about travel destinations to make your proposals even more interesting and authentic. To find the ideal accommodation for your customers, you can always count on the 6tour.com platform.

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