Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations

Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations

Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations

Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations

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Man's exploration of outer space began just a few years ago. But the exploration of inner space, below the surface of the Earth, has been going on for hundreds of years. As far back as the time of Plato's Greece, men have dug for the treasures of the past buried in the ground. Today, and for the last 200 years, systematic digging has been and is going on all over the world, as one by one the cities of mankind's yesterdays have come once again to light.

And what wonders the science of archaeology has given us! The Troy of Priam and Hector--the Crete of the dreaded King Minos--the Babylon of Belshazzar and Nebuchadnezzar--all these fabled cities have returned from the land of myth. In Italy an entire Roman city of the time of Emperor Titus has emerged after centuries of burial beneath volcanic ash. From the jungles of Central America has come the world of the Mayas, with its mighty pyramids and towering temples, while half a world away in Cambodia the jungle has been forced to release its grip on Angkor, city of the enigmatic Khmer people.

The story of archaeology is the story of a band of dedicated men, patiently laboring with pick and shovel under . . .

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