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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Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities launches '200 Years of Science in the Making' promotional campaign

Egypt Today 29 Sep 2022
... Years of Science in the Making” in many countries, including the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Spain and France, with the aim of acquainting the world with the scientific precedence that characterized the ancient Egyptian civilization....

Luohu implements 'forest chief' system to protect ancient trees 29 Sep 2022
The bureau hopes that more citizens will take part in the protection of forests and ancient trees ... ancient trees....

An epic bulwark

China Daily 29 Sep 2022
One of the largest construction projects in the history of mankind, the Great Wall is the epitome of ancient Chinese wisdom and perseverance. It was an awe-inspiring defense strategy that spanned dynasties and remains an eloquent testimony to the edifice of Chinese civilization....

Egypt retrieves smuggled Isis statue from Switzerland

Egypt Independent 28 Sep 2022
... of the ancient Egyptian civilization ... In August of last year, the Egyptian Embassy in Switzerland received seven artifacts belonging to the ancient Egyptian civilization, including....

Salt Sowing: An Ancient Method to Settle Scores

Ancient Origins 28 Sep 2022
In ancient times, salt occupied a much higher place in the collective consciousness of numerous societies ... How much truth is there to stories that ancient civilizations sowed enemy lands with salt to ensure their complete and utter ruin? Salt as Symbol in Scripture ... Treasure of the Ancient World and Highly-Valued Currency of the Roman Empire....

From Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities celebrates World Tourism Day 2022

Egypt Today 28 Sep 2022
World Tourism Day 2022 coincides with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of deciphering the ancient Egyptian writing and the emergence of Egyptology. ....

Western New York Will Be in the National Spotlight by “Going Dark”

Buffalo Rising 28 Sep 2022
Part I – Is this a Curse on Our Region?. Near the end of the 1972 Carly Simon hit You’re So Vain, she sings.. Then you flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia. To see the total eclipse of the sun ... Or so I thought ... In ancient times, although many civilizations were able to predict an eclipse, they were feared by the common people ... Cities like St ... ....

Compostable bioleather offers sustainable solutions for the clothing industry and beyond

Phys Dot Org 28 Sep 2022
Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, clothing production has been on an unsustainable path. Like most manufacturing, textiles are produced in a linear fashion with a cradle-to-grave model ... While civilizations around the world have been creating sustainable and durable textiles since antiquity, most of these ancient techniques have been lost....

Genshin Impact Update 3.1 Out Now; File Size and Patch Notes Revealed

ThisGenGaming 28 Sep 2022
The update weighs in at around 31.384GB on PlayStation 5 ... You can read the full patch notes below. 〓Update Details〓. I. Areas ... II ... III ... ◇ This ancient aggregation of machinery hails from the desert and has quirks that modern-day civilizations cannot comprehend ... ◇ These ancient machines, which come from the desert, are quite distinct from the Ruin Machines....

Rosetta Stone, the key to Egypt’s ancient civilization

Egypt Today 27 Sep 2022
On September 27, 1822, French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion was able to decipher the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs after studying the Rosetta Stone ... It is inscribed with three of the ancient languages, which are the hieroglyphic language, the Demotic or Coptic language, and the Greek language.  ....

China, Syria sign cultural conservation agreement

ECNS 27 Sep 2022
China and Syria signed a joint agreement at the National Library of China in Beijing on Monday vowing to further foster cooperation of cultural heritage conservation between the two countries with ancient civilizations ... between the two countries with ancient civilizations....

Xuan paper making: a UNESCO intangible heritage

People Daily 27 Sep 2022
Paper-making is widely known as one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient Chinese civilization along with printing, ......

Outcomes from the SCO Meeting

Dissident Voice 27 Sep 2022
• Archaeological work on ancient Chinese civilization ... ....

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