What makes a city? A simple mass of people, a great temple, a hub of learning, trade or transport? Colin McEvedy’s idiosyncratic book, a survey of 120 “centres of ancient civilisation”, doesn’t ask the question, but unwittingly suggests some answers. In doing so, it tells us almost as much about contemporary urban life as it does about the distant past.
Daily Archives: January 28, 2012
1,100 British, South African and American prisoners of war were put on a train to be taken to a camp in Germany. On January 28, 1944, they were crossing the Orvieto Railroad Bridge North in Allerona, Umbria, when the American 320th Bombardment Group arrived to bomb the bridge.
In a study published in the journal Geology, scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggest that the large changes in the carbon isotopic composition of carbonates which occurred prior to the major climatic event more than 500 million years ago, known as ‘Snowball Earth,’ are unrelated to worldwide glacial events.