William Regal, Danny Basham, Rob Conway, Eugene, and Doug Basham [April 3th, 2005]
An interesting candid shot taken backstage at WrestleMania 21. William Regal poses with four Ohio Valley Wrestling alumns prior to the Raw Vs. SmackDown battle royal, hence the representative t-shirts. Four of the five men pictured are former OVW Heavyweight Champions.
Palmyra was one of the
most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Located in an
oasis in the Syrian desert, it was a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the desert. Palmyra grew steadily in importance as a city on the trade route linking Persia, India and China with the Roman Empire -it was made part of the Roman province of Syria in the mid-first century AD-. In 129, Palmyra was visited by emperor Hadrian, who granted it the status of a free city.
Palmyra exerted a decisive influence on the evolution of neoclassical
architecture and modern urbanization, uniting the forms of Graeco-Roman
art with indigenous elements and Persian influeces. Unique creations
came into existence, notably in the domain of funerary sculpture.
Outside the ancient walls, along the four main access roads to the city, stood four cemeteries, Valley of the Tombs,
which feature different types of tomb. The oldest and most distinctive
group is represented by the funerary towers, tall multi-storey sandstone
buildings belonging to the richest families. Some towers had four storeys and could accommodate up to 300 sarcophagi.
The Mississippian culture existed from 700 CE to 1350 CE, and its most famous city is Cahokia. Located in the Mississippi River valley about four miles from what is today St. Louis, the city has been under excavation since the mid-1900s. Here’s the facts to make you sound smart at the next mixer or office party.
Cahokia’s population, estimated at between 10,000 and 25,000, probably peaked between 1000 and 1100 CE.
it was surrounded by a wooden palisade, 13 to 15 feet high and 2.4 miles long
corn agriculture was introduced to the area around 750 CE, and fed the city’s population
there are at least 12o mounds, which were both for ceremonies and graves
one is Monks Mound, the largest earthwork north of Mexico, rises 100 feet and consisting of four terraces that covered 14 acres and contained an estimated 22 million cubic feet of earth
human sacrifices were found in many mounds, along with the elaborate grave of a ruler or priest (or ruler/priest, historians aren’t too sure about these things)
Cahokia declined likely due to environmental strain – the growing population used up too much wood from the surrounding forests and the satellite settlements that sprung up nearby meant the region could no longer feed the population.