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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China's space station flies over Beijing's ancient pagoda

People Daily 25 Oct 2021
The video presents a romantic view of modern technology and ancient civilization....

Mexico’s Tren Maya Project Reveals Countless New Artifacts and Burials

Ancient Origins 25 Oct 2021
This is because the peninsula is home to an enormous number of ancient Maya civilization sites ... One of the ancient Maya burials found near a section of the Tren Maya high-speed rail project in Mexico ... Hidden in the Glyphs ... ( INAH) ... Source ... https.//

President Raeisi calls on Switzerland, Europe not to cave under US pressures

Press TV 25 Oct 2021
Switzerland has always played a positive role as to establishment and promotion of peace ... The Swiss diplomat, for his part, described Iran as a country with an ancient and brilliant civilization ... He expressed hopes that Swiss companies and businesses would continue to operate inside Iran ... Iran-P4+1 talks on sanctions removal to resume soon ... .......

India-China border impasse: What would be a common-sense solution

Beijing News 25 Oct 2021
All talk and no play ... Both countries at the time saw each other as not just representatives of two of the most ancient civilizations on Earth, but also as former colonial victims ... But it was not to be ... After all, in the civil service, to quote from the British television show 'Yes Minister', success is measured by activity, not results ... ( .......

Greece’s Minoans were indigenous Europeans, DNA finds

Greek City Times 24 Oct 2021
DNA reveals the origin of Greece’s ancient Minoan culture ... Mitochondrial DNA analysis shows that the Minoan’s strongest genetic relationships are with these Neolithic humans, as well as with ancient and modern Europeans, Results suggest the Minoan civilization....

Zahi Hawass on tour with international artists at Great Pyramids on sidelines of Art d’Egypt exhibition

Egypt Today 24 Oct 2021
CAIRO – 24 October 2021. Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass met with many prominent artists from all over the world at the Great Sphinx.  . Hawass with the international stars - ET.  .  .   ... The exhibition mixes contemporary art with the ancient Egyptian civilization.  . Hawass with the international stars - ET.   ... ....

'Eternals' expands the Marvel universe with a messy, history-spanning origin saga

The Citizens 24 Oct 2021
Adapting a relatively obscure comic into a sprawling epic, "Eternals" might be Marvel's boldest bet since "Guardians of the Galaxy," and that worked out ... With extraordinary powers ranging from flight and super speed to altering matter and controlling minds, they were understandably confused with gods by ancient civilizations ... 5 in US theaters ... ....

Gainesville and Alachua County's entertainment week ahead — Oct. 24-30

The Gainesville Sun 24 Oct 2021
EVENTS. Ghosts, Goblins and Groceries ... Complete list of locations at ( The food drive to benefit Saints Food Share and Catholic Charities ... 4 - 9 p.m ... Suite A ... 4.30 p.m ... Through a timeline, visitors can visualize and compare where dinosaurs, megalodon sharks, humans, ancient civilizations and more fit into Earth’s climate history ... ....

The Golden Age Of Heroes: The Glory Of The Mycenaean Civilization

Ancient Origins 23 Oct 2021
Ancient Roman floor mosaic of Agamemnon (cascoly2/ Adobe Stock ) Humble Origins Of Mycenaean Civilization ... The Mycenaean domination rose to become one of the high civilizations of the Bronze Age in the Aegean and is considered one of Europe’s first civilizations ... Michelle Freson Ancient Origins Compilation....

Xi and the great Yellow River

People Daily 23 Oct 2021
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Many of the world's ancient civilizations developed in or around river basins ... It witnessed the birth of the four era-defining inventions in ancient China, including printing techniques, papermaking, gunpowder and the compass. It is also the place where the Book of Songs and other ancient Chinese classics were written ... ....

Human brain DECREASED in size 3,000 years ago when ancient civilizations started to form social ...

The Daily Mail 22 Oct 2021
During this time, ancient humans began to form social circles where knowledge was shared or individuals were specialists at certain tasks, which led to the brain becoming more efficient and decreasing in size. Dr James Traniello, from Boston University and co-author of the study, said in a statement ... RELATED ARTICLES. Previous 1 Next ... ....

Photo enthusiasts capture images of ancient sites in Turkey

Anadolu Agency 22 Oct 2021
Photographers visited the "religious center of Lycian civilization” -- the Ancient Site of Letoon in the Seydikemer district of Mugla province in the west -- and the Ancient Site of Xanthos in Antalya ... countless civilizations have been spurred since the dawn of history....

Opinion: NYU should stop idolizing the Greeks and Romans

Washington Square News 22 Oct 2021
Western academia preserves an inherited bias toward the works of Ancient Greeks and Romans ... In order to fully appreciate everything the ancient world encompasses, we need to discard the idea that Greece is the best the world has to offer ... Classical Civilization and Anthropology, Classics and Art History, Anthropology or an Ancient Studies minor....