The archaeological community has seen a rather large shift over the past two weeks. A contest to select seven new Wonders of the World has come to a conclusion, and not much of the ancient world made the list.
The original Seven Wonders of the World (sometimes referred to as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World): (Source)
- The Great Pyramid at Giza
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- The Statue of Zeus at Olympus
- The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- The Colossus of Rhodes
- The Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria
The new Seven Wonders of the World (Source)
- Chichen Itza
- Christ Redeemer (statue)
- The Great Wall of China
- Machu Pichu
- The ancient city of Petra
- The Roman Colosseum
- The Taj Mahal
The new list was created by internet surfers voting on a list of sites, so naturally it’s raised some complaints from various groups, including UNESCO, the arm of the United Nations in charge of protecting world heritage (lower-case) sites. Some point out this was a popularity contest more than it was a consideration of each site’s merit as an actual marvel like the original seven.
I imagine both lists are going to end up living side by side once the dust completely settles.