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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Potentially oldest, biggest Maya construction discovered in Mexico

Kyodo 03 Jun 2020
An international team of researchers have discovered what is believed to be the oldest and largest construction built by the ancient Maya civilization in a jungle in southeastern Mexico ... ancient Maya civilization (Courtesy of University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata)....

Oldest and largest ancient Maya structure found in Mexico

Metro USA 03 Jun 2020
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization – a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC in Mexico’s Tabasco state ... A three-dimensional image of the ancient Maya Aguada Fenix site....

Oldest & largest ancient Maya structure found in Mexico

Deccan Herald 03 Jun 2020
Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization - a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC in Mexico's Tabasco state ... In total volume, it exceeded ancient Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza built 1,500 years earlier ... GET IT. Mexico....

Oldest and largest Maya structure discovered in southern Mexico

The Guardian 03 Jun 2020
Site at Aguada Fénix found using lidar aerial laser technology Vast earth platform exceeds ......

William James: in praise of the Irish goodbye

The Irish Times 03 Jun 2020
... and vacuous excitements of so-called civilization; hungering for their opposite, the divine outlook from the cliff or hill-top over the unbroken forest.”. Like the ancient Cynics, James believed that civilized life and its incessant politeness was largely a waste of time....

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Imperial State Crown

Vogue 03 Jun 2020
On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II became the 39th sovereign – and the sixth Queen – to be crowned at Westminster Abbey ... St Edward’s Crown ... The Crown of State – as the Imperial State Crown is also known – was initially deemed necessary because, prior to the Civil War, the ancient coronation crown was always kept at Westminster Abbey ... ....

Summer TV preview: 15 new shows we can’t wait to see

East Bay Times 03 Jun 2020
It figures to be a very different kind of summer this time around ... And, yes, there’s even another new streaming service on its way as NBC Universal’s Peacock gets set for a July debut ... (June 10, Netflix) ... In order to pay his ransom, he must infiltrate an ancient, underground civilization populated by powerful fairies. (June 12, Disney+) ... ....

Rabbi: Finding hope in a hopeless America

CNN 02 Jun 2020
(CNN)Another black man lies dead, a consequence of an officer of the law's excessive use of force ... "I can't breathe." ... In the ancient world, the king of a civilization was understood as an "image" of the god that civilization worshipped ... There are people who spend their lives lamenting what they perceive as the moral decay of Western civilization ... ....

The perspectives of Sino-Israel relationship

Blitz 02 Jun 2020
... Israel was established through a resolute struggle against the British Empire, that it was ruled by a socialist government, and that most Chinese recognized that the Israelis, like themselves, belonged to an ancient civilization that had suffered at the hands of the Axis powers....

Preserving languages and reconnecting with nature

La Junta Tribune-Democrat 01 Jun 2020
There are volcanoes, too, and beneath the lake's waters the ruins of an ancient civilization are ......

Nelson and Bourgeois Wedding

Independent Record 31 May 2020
Music for the ceremony was the second movement of Beethoven’s first symphony, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music via iPhone. The hotel ghosts behaved in a most civilized manner though they did not avail themselves of the cake and champagne offered after the ceremony....

John Fox: Can America really go it alone in a global society?

Waco Tribune-Herald 31 May 2020
From past civilizations, the lack of keeping pace with peer countries usually leads to downsizing, then fragmentation ... In agricultural civilizations such as the Romans, ancient Egyptians or Mayans, governmental demise caused a loss of upwards of 70% of the population....

Saudi Arabia with a rich history and home to archeological treasures

Arab News 31 May 2020
RIYADH. Modern-day Saudi Arabia is home to several archeological treasures, evidence that this part of the world was once the cradle of ancient civilizations ... The discovery of several ancient sites has put Saudi Arabia on the list of countries that have a rich history and are home to archeological wonders. An exhibition called “Roads of Arabia ... .......

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