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Post-traumatic stress 'evident in 1300BC'

<b>Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.</b><p>The team at Anglia Ruskin University analysed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.<p>Accounts of soldiers being visited by "ghosts they faced in battle" fitted …

Vietnam War

How Millennials Are Changing Travel

A disillusioned, recession-battered generation is investing in overseas experience—and hoping the bet pays off.<p>In the summer of 2012, at age 24, I left home to travel the world. In just over a year, I backpacked through South America, South Asia, Western Europe, and the western United States. I …

Stieg Larsson on the Trans-Siberian

A white obelisk flickered past in the darkness of the night in the Ural Mountains, marking the spot where Europe ends and Asia begins. Nobody could see it properly but we knew it was there and we celebrated the moment by emptying the last drops of the vodka we had bought in Moscow.<p>Thereafter, the …

Iraq: the world's next big eco-tourism destination?

The marshlands between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers are frequently described as the Garden of Eden or the Cradle of Civilisation. But after the Iraq war of 1991, in an act of environmental vandalism Saddam Hussein drained the marshes and persecuted their inhabitants as punishment for an uprising …

Languedoc out of season

On a hillside above the Languedoc village of Lastours, an elderly woman was picking wild asparagus. She held a bunch of slender green stems in one hand, to be cooked, she explained, in olive oil and garlic. Above her, high on a ridge, stood four ravaged castles built by the Cathars, a heretical …

France

Gobekli Tepe, Turkey: a new wonder of the ancient world

"Wow," exclaims the visitor from New Zealand, a place, after all, with a human history shorter than most. For from a wooden walkway we’re gazing down at an archaeological site of giddying age. Built about 9000 BC, it’s more than twice as old as Stonehenge or the Pyramids, predating the discovery of …

Visting Pompeii and Herculaneum

<b>P J Hereford, Herefordshire, writes</b><br>I have been reading Mary Beard’s excellent piece in The Daily Telegraph about Pompeii and Herculaneum and have decided to take our daughter for a trip both to mark her 30th birthday and her safe return from a second tour of duty as an intensive care nurse at Camp …

Unesco World Heritage Sites under threat - 2014

Agadir: coasting down Morocco's Big Sur

The light, when we step off the flight from snowy London, is heavenly: a deep, cerulean blue where a cloudless North African sky meets the limitless horizon of the Atlantic. But the man-with-the-sign who's meant to take us to our car is nowhere to be seen. I ring the help line. "Hello, Mrs …

Archaeology