Persepolis: Ancient Persia, Modern Lessons

Gate of All Nations - Persepolis, Iran

Although Persepolis is one of Iran’s top archeological and tourist sites, I was careful to keep my expectations in check before visiting. After all, what would remain of the 2,500 year-old capital of the Achaemenid Empire? Amidst crumbled columns, I found great detail that blew me away and a surprising connection to the present. … [Read more...]

Kicking Up 4000 Years of History in Turkmenistan

If a baby died, its bones would be kept in a ceramic jar in the house. -- Our guide Oleg providing another fascinating background tidbit on the ruins at Gonur Depe, Turkmenistan.Fifteen minutes later, one of us literally kicked up the fragmented top of an ancient ceramic urn encrusted with earth and filled with small bones. The bit about the bones may sound … [Read more...]