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Ancient Cities

Blog post
March 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
A new scholarly paper argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed in a comparative perspective. But what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form.
Dean Saitta
March 1, 2015, 9am PST
Scientists from the Santa Fe Institute have discovered basic patterns underlying the way cities have always grown. The mechanics of "urban scaling" may have something fundamental to tell us about how large settlements evolve.
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2015, 7am PST
An urban renewal project in Turkey yielded an unexpected archaeological bonanza: a 5,000-year-old, underground city.
Hurriyet Daily News
January 30, 2014, 11am PST
These 15 ancient cities can help modern urbanites plan more efficient and sustainable municipalities.
Future Cities
January 9, 2014, 12pm PST
Over the last several decades, researchers have examined how our cities deplete natural resources and change the climate and ecosystems of their surrounding areas. But new evidence shows that such impacts aren't a purely modern phenomenon.
September 27, 2011, 1pm PDT
Prof. Suzanne Preston Blier of Harvard unearths the ancient plans of Yoruban towns, which were laid out as early as 350 BCE.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
January 14, 2011, 1pm PST
Aleppo, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, is undergoing a conservation project that includes the restoration of hundreds of houses, a new park, and rebuilding city streets and services.
The New York Times
June 22, 2010, 9am PDT
Radar imaging has revealed the layout of a now-underground ancient Egyptian city named Avaris.
August 3, 2009, 6am PDT
Through the use of infrared aerial photography, the lost ancient Roman city of Altinum has been found.
Der Spiegel
April 22, 2009, 6am PDT
A brick structure was uncovered outside the city of Wari-Bateshwar, confirming that the site was part of a developed city as early as 400 B.C.
The Daily Star
August 31, 2008, 1pm PDT
Anthropologists have discovered traces of highly organized and gridded cities in the Amazon rainforest dating back to the 1200s.
National Geographic
June 9, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This slideshow form <em>Popular Science</em> takes a step-by-step look at how to detect and uncover ancient buried settlements from satellite imagery.</p>
Popular Science