Children of sacrifice, the remains of youths near the great temple of Colula recall the countless victims who perished on Aztec altars, National Geographic, October 1984

Children of sacrifice, the remains of youths near the great temple of Colula recall the countless victims who perished on Aztec altars, National Geographic, October 1984

They were in their bedroom. The mother, a young woman of 19, still clutched her one-and-a-half-year-old baby to her breast. The child, its teeth still coming in, grasped the mother’s elbow. Over them lay a man of about 28, presumably the father, who had tried to shield the pair from a deadly rain of limestone building blocks weighing as much as 300 pounds, National Geographic, July 1988

They were in their bedroom. The mother, a young woman of 19, still clutched her one-and-a-half-year-old baby to her breast. The child, its teeth still coming in, grasped the mother’s elbow. Over them lay a man of about 28, presumably the father, who had tried to shield the pair from a deadly rain of limestone building blocks weighing as much as 300 pounds, National Geographic, July 1988

The spirit of a people dwells in a marble youth who symbolizes the citizens of the Greco-Roman city of Aphrodisias. After 20 years of excavation, the ancient settlement in Turkey continues to yield astonishing works by sculptors who gave stone the power to evoke a way of life and a time long vanished. National Geographic, October 1981

The spirit of a people dwells in a marble youth who symbolizes the citizens of the Greco-Roman city of Aphrodisias. After 20 years of excavation, the ancient settlement in Turkey continues to yield astonishing works by sculptors who gave stone the power to evoke a way of life and a time long vanished. National Geographic, October 1981

"Bodhisattvas are ten times more beautiful than devas, who are ten times more beautiful than humans," reads the Sukhavativyuha. Artists followed that sacred text as they painted bodhisattvas, or Buddhas-to-be. Followers believe tht Maitreya, with vase in hand, will become a Buddha 25,000 years after the death of Gautama. National Geographic, April 1996

"Bodhisattvas are ten times more beautiful than devas, who are ten times more beautiful than humans," reads the Sukhavativyuha. Artists followed that sacred text as they painted bodhisattvas, or Buddhas-to-be. Followers believe tht Maitreya, with vase in hand, will become a Buddha 25,000 years after the death of Gautama. National Geographic, April 1996

The flair far detail and subtle handling of marble texture emerges powerfully in a close-up of a figure from the late first or early second century A.D., National Geographic, October 1981

The flair far detail and subtle handling of marble texture emerges powerfully in a close-up of a figure from the late first or early second century A.D., National Geographic, October 1981

(Source: cratered)

Warren Morgan, Weapons of Ancient Americans, National Geographic, October 1988

Warren Morgan, Weapons of Ancient Americans, National Geographic, October 1988

Veiled to uncover her beauty, the head of a second-century A.D. Aphrodite soaks in water to loosen encrustations and to leach damaging impurities that have penetrated the marble

Veiled to uncover her beauty, the head of a second-century A.D. Aphrodite soaks in water to loosen encrustations and to leach damaging impurities that have penetrated the marble

A gentle nativity may depict Aphrodite in a rare pose cradling her son, the winged god of love, Eros. An unknown face looks on from behind a figure that could be Hermes, one of the goddess’s many lovers. National Geographic, October 1981

A gentle nativity may depict Aphrodite in a rare pose cradling her son, the winged god of love, Eros. An unknown face looks on from behind a figure that could be Hermes, one of the goddess’s many lovers. National Geographic, October 1981