A civilization (US) or civilisation (UK) is any complex society characterized by urban development, symbolic communication forms (typically, writing systems), and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment by a cultural elite. Civilizations are intimately associated with and often further defined by other socio-politico-economic characteristics, including centralization, the domestication of both humans and other organisms, specialization of labor, culturally ingrained ideologies of progress and supremacism, monumental architecture, taxation, societal dependence upon farming as an agricultural practice, and expansionism.

Historically, a civilization was a so-called "advanced" culture in contrast to more supposedly primitive cultures. In this broad sense, a civilization contrasts with non-centralized tribal societies, including the cultures of nomadic pastoralists or hunter-gatherers. As an uncountable noun, civilization also refers to the process of a society developing into a centralized, urbanized, stratified structure.

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Badaun mosque protected under Places of Worship Act: ASI

The Siasat Daily 01 Jun 2023
The ASI was responding to a petition filed by the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) on August 8 last year in a civil court of Badaun, in which they claimed that the mosque ‘was built after demolishing an ancient Shiva temple’ and that the court should conduct a ......

The Olmecs: Mesoamerica’s Forgotten Mother Culture (Video)

Ancient Origins 01 Jun 2023
As more research and excavations continue, the significance of the Olmec civilization becomes increasingly apparent. Their contributions to Mesoamerican history and culture, predating the more well-known Maya and Aztecs, make them a critical piece in the mosaic of ancient civilizations in the region....

Egyptian jurists demand $2 bln compensation from Netflix over Cleopatra controversy

Egypt Independent 31 May 2023
An Egyptian team consisting of several jurists and archaeologists demanded financial compensation worth two billion dollars from Netflix for distorting the image of Queen Cleopatra and ancient Egyptian civilization ... that the ancient Egyptian civilization was of black origin....

The Enigma of the Nanjing Belt: How Could this Out of Place Artifact Exist?

Ancient Origins 31 May 2023
A worker’s spade broke through the ground, revealing an ancient and forgotten tomb ... Popularly, the writer Erich von Däniken, in his famed work “Chariots of the Gods”, wrote of this discovery and claimed that the traces of aluminum alloy are a clear proof of ancient aliens visiting Earth and sharing deep knowledge with ancient civilizations....

Memorial Day event draws hundreds

Hill Country Community Journal 31 May 2023
until late in the 19th Century, but the practice of honoring those who have paid the ultimate price for their country goes back to the time of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations ... In the mid-1860s as the Civil War came to its end, a large group of Union solders died in a Confederate encampment near Charleston, S.C., from disease or exposure....

#1. Vanilla

Napa Valley Register 31 May 2023
... dates back to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations....

Discovery of 2,700-year-old petroglyphs in western Sweden

Interesting Engineering 31 May 2023
The finding offers valuable insights into an ancient civilization through intricate rock carvings. ....

Once hostile, NASA holds first public meeting on UFOs

Urdu Point 31 May 2023
The P3 was unable to intercept the dots, and the pilot reported the event ... While NASA probes and rovers scour the solar system for the fossils of ancient microbes, and its astronomers look for signs of intelligent civilizations on distant planets, this is the first time NASA is investigating unexplained phenomena in Earth's skies ... .......

A Sign from Space Simulates What it Would be Like to Get a Message from Aliens!

Universe Today 31 May 2023
is anybody out there? Regardless of the content, a message from an extraterrestrial civilization will be the single greatest event in human history ... What if these extraterrestrials don’t have the same sensory systems we have? Or maybe they are an ancient civilization? Maybe they are already extinguished....

How to Clean Suede Boots: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide

Pinkvilla 31 May 2023
Discover effective tips on how to clean suede boots and ensure your favorite pairs stay looking stylish and in great condition for many years to come ... How to Clean Suede Boots. The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide. Key Highlight ... The origins of suede can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where it was used for its durability and warmth ... Suede brush ... ....

‘A funeral isn’t just a day in the life—it’s a life in a day.’ Women in the funeral industry are finding their calling.

Market Watch 31 May 2023
Ellen Wynn McBrayer’s grandparents and parents ran a funeral home, but she had no plans to enter the family business ... She never left ... Ellen Wynn McBrayer ... Embalming is as old as the ancient Egyptians, but in the U.S. it took hold during the Civil War, when embalming was introduced as a way to preserve soldier’s bodies for the trip home ... Read ... Show up ... ....

The 21 most popular ice cream flavors in America

The Gonzales Inquirer 31 May 2023
RossHelen // Shutterstock. Ice cream is a beloved treat that's enjoyed by people of all ages, be it families to teens to kids ... You could say that ice cream is a deliciously cool catalyst for the economy ... YouGov asked 1,000 U.S ... #21. Cake batter ... 15% ... 1% ... 1% ... The number one spot goes to vanilla, a flavor that dates back to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations....

Ivanka Trump: Acropolis is where ‘history comes alive’

Ekathimerini 30 May 2023
The Acropolis is a testament to the incredible achievements of ancient Greek civilization and their enduring legacy,” Ivanka Trump, daughter of former US president Donald Trump, has said....

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