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21-05-2016

Archaeological Art - Ten New Wonders Of The World

3. Gate of the Sun
The gate of the Sun is an ancient structure situated in Bolivia and it's said the surrounding ruins were built 12,000 BC. Also known as 'The Calender Gate', this monolithic mystery was built in honour of the sun and as some kind of method which documented time. The calendar year at the time bears no resemblance to the one we're familiar with so it remains a bit of an enigma. The surrounding ruins have sadly not stood the test of time, mainly through looting and amateur expeditions from those looking for hidden treasures. The Spanish conquest further damaged the sacred space and even in this century, stones were taken for use in the construction of modern roads and railway networks. The Bolivians agricultural land may have been the inspiration for this spiritual landmark as they worshipped many Gods. The scriptures carved on the structure remain a mystery as does its overall general purpose.
4. The Longyou Caves
The Longyou Caves were only discovered in Shiyan Beicun in Zhejiang, China, in the 90's. This archaic and elaborate cave system seems to have been hand-carved, although archaeologists are still at a loss as to how any human could haver managed such a feat. There are thirty-six chambers inside the labyrinth of sandstone rock formation and are said to be about 2,000 years old. Inside the cave network there's about 2,000 square meters of spatial capacity, and it's plain to see that they are geometrically and clinically designed with shape and form and clear lines. Despite this, there doesn't appear to be any historical record of their existence to be found anywhere. When examining the tough rock composite, one can only marvel at the craftsmanship and skills it took to design and create such a sophisticated structure which is why it attracts the attention of tourists the world over.
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