100 CE - 400 CE, The early evolution and spread of Buddhism - The Buddhist monastery and associated stupas of the Jaulian archaeological complex shed light on the early evolution and spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road. The site was constructed between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE and is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Northern Pakistan, part of the ancient Kingdom of Gandhara. Jaulian is one of many Buddhist sites constructed throughout the region during the Kushan period which was marked by general prosperity, a cosmopolitan mix of cultures, and state support of architecture.
900 BCE - 146 BCE, The amphitheaters found around the Mediterranean are one of the most important legacies left from ancient civilizations. Their architecture, acoustics, and quality of structure give clue to their social importance and craftsmanship. As important as they were historically, they are equally as important now to the living legacy from tourists to local performers. However, it is also this continued interest that has become a contributing factor to the deterioration of these sites. ATHENA Project
1838 CE - 1849 CE, John Muir's Birthplace attracts around 15,000 visitors of all ages each year from all over Scotland and the rest of the world. Some come as pilgrims to visit the birthplace of their inspiration while others come with little knowledge of Muir. They all learn more about John Muir's life and legacy, are encouraged to participate in conservation and to follow in Muir's footsteps.
1914 CE - 1922 CE, This titan of American national heritage grew up as a poor boy on the frontier. Reading books by candlelight, whether after long hours at school or on the farm, proved invaluable to young Lincoln. He later served as a store clerk, a river trader, and a "rail-splitter" used to hard physical labor. A plain speaker for plain folks, Lincoln blended his love of the written word with a strong work ethic and pursued a legal career, then a political one from the Illinois state legislature to the U.S. Congress. Here was a man who aspired to lead a nation.
17th - 18th Century, The Lukang Lonshan temple is both the largest temple in Lukang, a large coastal city in Western Taiwan and the most well-preserved buildings dating from the Qing Dynasty in the country. The site is considered is a national monument and is revered by many Taiwanese. The temple was damaged in an earthquake in September of 1999 and suffered extensive damage to several important structural features.
500 BCE - 800 CE, Capital of the Zapotec Empire: Founded in 500 BCE and continuously inhabited for over twelve hundred years, Monte AlbÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡n was the ancient capital of the Zapotec culture and is one of the oldest-known urban cities in Mesoamerica. The civic core is centered around a plaza and most of the city's great monumental structures are built in its vicinity. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 people lived within a six-kilometer radius of this center during the city's peak in the 6th century CE. Sometime between 700 and 800 CE, the ruling Zapotec lineage at Monte AlbÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡n collapsed, construction halted, and the city fell into decline. Today, the site remains a source of great pride for the peoples of Oaxaca, particularly the Zapotec-speakers that still farm the fields on the valley floor below.