Urbanization has been underway across the globe for more than 6,000 years. By the end beginning of the 21st century, it is estimated that nearly 50% of the world's population live in urban areas. Some of these historic cities are represented in the archaeological record,. Others are represented in the historic centers of sprawling modern cities. Read the International Heritage News Network about efforts to preserve historic cities! 

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May 24, 2019

"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain." Mark Twain

During America’s Gilded Age, numerous people focused on the new industrial fortunes as markets for their services. Richard Morris Hunt became a go-to architect for Gilded Age mansions and Fr...

March 15, 2019

“We say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors.” Boston, one of the earliest cities in British North America, was founded in 1630 on the Sha

June 7, 2018

A "monument to the ‘nonproductive consumption of time’” is replaced by an icon of the new startup economy

Although many of New York City’s Gilded Age mansions have been demolished, several iconic department store buildings from this era have remained. As previously note...

October 28, 2017

A"monument to the "nonproductive consumption of time" is replaced by an icon of the new startup economy

The Gilded Age in the United States generally referred to the post-Civil War period from the 1870s to the turn of the 20th century, when vast industrial fortunes led...

October 16, 2017

Erbil (or Irbil or Arbil), the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is one of the longest continually inhabited settlements in the world, with evidence of human settlement dating as early as 5,000 years ago. During the long US-Iraq War (2003 – 2011), the Kurdistan...

August 6, 2017

All roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, but constructing those roads often depended on a combination of political patronage, military conscription, and public funds. This writer gives an overview of road construction in the ancient Roman empire, looking to draw les...

July 29, 2017

Sag Harbor is located in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton near the eastern end of the south fork of Long Island, New York. Today “the Hamptons” are known for their famous and wealthy summer residents that include many of America’s 1% power players, but wealthy...

July 27, 2017

Pennsylvania Avenue was included in Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for the new United States capital and one of the first streets constructed in Washington, DC. The main stretch of the avenue, from the White House to the US Capitol Building, is regularly used for a wi...

July 24, 2017

In 2016, the US National Park Service released online a report entitled “LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study.” Such theme studies are designed to provide the context necessary for individuals groups, and organizations to research, identify, document, and preserve important heri...

July 16, 2017

The Gilded Age in the United States generally referred to the post-Civil War period from the 1870s to the turn of the 20th century, when vast industrial fortunes led to a lavish lifestyles for those relatively few families. Newport, Rhode Island came to be seen as the...

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