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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Ancient civilisation of Multan to be revived

The News International 18 Aug 2019
The divisional administration has decided revival and promotion of ancient civilisation of Multan to attract tourists. The divisional authorities decided this in a meeting held to make a strategy for promotion of ancient civilisation of the city here on Saturday. The old civilization would be highlighted in its real spirit to attract tourists....

10 Disastrous Earthly Events Linked To Comets

ListVerse 18 Aug 2019
Comets are among the most interesting celestial objects out there. Some are visible to the naked eye, and with their predictable orbits, we should always see them, provided we know where and when to look (unless they go missing). However, ancient civilizations did not have such knowledge ... ....

Former FM hails Skopje plaque on Alexander the Great statue

Kathimerini 16 Aug 2019
... belong to ancient Greek history. “In honor of Alexander the Great, a historic figure belonging to the ancient Hellenic history and civilization and to the world cultural and historic heritage,” read one of the three plaques, which was recovered later in the day. ....

Early Residents Of “Britain’s Pompeii” Farm Riddled With Fish Tapeworms

IFL Science 16 Aug 2019
Here, ancient inhabitants lived off the water, foraging food in dugout canoes ... Little is known about the intestinal diseases of ancient Britain’s inhabitants living 3,000 years ago, wrote the authors in the journal Parasitology, adding that their work provides a window into the life and times of ancient civilizations....

The bridge of Chinese language builds closer ties between China, India

People Daily 16 Aug 2019
With the increasingly frequent communication between China and India in terms of politics, economy, culture and education, a wave of “Chinese heat” has emerged in India ... degree ... As two countries with a long history and abundant civilizations, there have been various cultural exchanges between China and India since ancient times ... Y. S ... P....

Venus Transit to Leo On 16th August And Its Impact On Your Destiny

Yahoo Daily News 16 Aug 2019
Venus was revered as a goddess by many ancient civilizations like the Romans and the Babylonians. The planet is often related to love and romance. In Vedic astrology also Venus is considered the key significator of love life, vigor, and passion ... Astroyogi expert astrologers explain the impact of this Venus transit on the 12 zodiac signs ... Aries ... Taurus ... ....

Restoring Soil can Help Address Climate Change

Resilience 16 Aug 2019
It’s time to take soil seriously ... To avert climate catastrophe, the report warns, people need to make changes in agriculture and land use ... Stabilizing the climate will also require removing carbon from the sky ... The Erosion of Civilizations” tells how soil degradation undermined societies around the world, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the U.S....

Underland: An Enchanting Journey into the Hidden Universe Beneath Our Feet

Brainpickings 16 Aug 2019
It takes especial existential courage to inhabit this physical fact with unflinching psychic agency, with the insistence that however brief our earthly time may be, however small our impact relative to the vast scales of time and civilization, we can still leave a worthy mark on an ancient world....

Assassin’s Creed: 5 Things That Are Historically Accurate In Origins (& 5 Things That Aren't)

Game Rant 15 Aug 2019
The result is a rich game that allows players to explore a well depicted ancient world ... Warrior bows that fire multiple arrows, heavy blades taller than a man, and intricately decorated weapons with jewels in the haft are some of the weapons that would not have existed in Egypt in ancient times....

China’s path of development is one and only

People Daily 13 Aug 2019
When I was a student, I also had a huge interest in the ancient Silk Road which started from China ... These thoughts are promoting mutual learning and exchanges among global civilizations ... I hope that the two ancient civilizations can further enhance communication and cooperation, so as to jointly build a community of a shared future for mankind....

Excavation Of Laos “Plain Of Jars” Suggests Thousands More Burials May Contain Bodies Of Interred Children And Infants

IFL Science 12 Aug 2019
Shewan says that the team will excavate another site in the region and continue analyses of the jars themselves in an effort to learn more about the ancient civilization responsible for the burial site....

What's on in Shenzhen 11 Aug 2019
SHENZHEN, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are shows and exhibitions available in Shenzhen in the coming week.. Ballet. Bright Red Star. Date. Aug ... 26 ... A City of the Ancient Mediterranean ... The three civilizations of ancient Greece, Lucania and Rome met in Paestum, providing an opportunity for scholars to reveal the origin of Western architectural history....

The future of the arts

Mid Day 11 Aug 2019
Jawhar Sircar, an IAS officer for 42 years, with long stints as India's Culture Secretary and CEO of Prasar Bharati, doesn't talk in government gobbledygook ... And, he has a list ... "For instance, antiquities. India is an ancient civilization that has literally millions of antiquities that need to circulate, but just a small section is visible in museums....