From Istanbul to Dhaka

Testimony to an old allegiance of Bangladesh with the people of Turkey lies on one of the busiest roads of Dhaka. Kemal Ataturk road in Banani pays homage to the respect we have had for the Turkish pe ...

Rajshahi: The Heritage of Natore

With the Ganges on the West and the Karatoya River on the East, the Barendra region included the present Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions. Scattered with some of our oldest archaeological sites, this re ...

History of the Pineapple

Christopher Columbus was out to discover a New World and ended up making all sorts of discoveries, including finding the refreshing pineapple on the shores of a Caribbean island. On his second voyage ...

A community effort for Bhitargarh

As the ancient fortified city of Bhitargarh is excavated by archaeologists, locals join in to form a combined approach to help preserve their own heritage. The story starts with a Maharaja who built r ...

Coffee cartography

Last week we experienced the Sufi influence of coffee and how the Arabs were instrumental in popularizing this beverage. Around the 1400s when it made its trans-boundary travel to Mecca, Cairo and Ale ...

Covering the coffee map

Kaldi was a simple herdsman living in Ethiopia around 850 CE(current era), who would call out to his goats by playing his flute before heading homeward. However, one day they did not arrive as usual s ...

Unearthing ancient ruins

A man born in Chittagong, Sharat Chandra Das was sent to Tibet as an envoy of the British empire in the latter part of the 1800s. It was highly restricted to travel freely so he snooped around the mou ...

Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet

“Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! You also should invoke blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace.” 60,000 men and 13 elephants ...

Evolution of Folk Music

One of the largest excavated temples, the Hatshepsut temple, was being renovated with ramps and pathways for tourists when I visited Egypt in the late 1990s. It had a massive façade and many wo ...

The Feast of Sacrifice

The sacrificial feast or a re-enactment of Abraham’s promise to God, Eid-ul-Adha arrives in the Muslim world with its rituals and particular cuisines. From the Bosphorus to the Uighar Muslims of ...

Reema Islam

Reema Islam works at Jovago, the global hotel booking platform. Her main interest lies in archaeological heritage conservation & working with communities that live around a heritage site. Reema raises awareness about Bangladeshi archaeogy through articles in the US magazine Archaeology & other foreign & national publications.

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