Ruined cities overgrown by jungle. Towns buried beneath the ground.
Statues lying half- hidden in the sand. Why do civilisations
collapse? Why are towns abandoned? And how do once mighty cities
come to be forgotten about? From the pyramids of Egypt to the ruins
at Angkor in Cambodia and on to the mysteries of the Easter Island
moai statues, Abandoned Civilisations is a brilliant pictorial work
examining lost worlds. What emerges is a picture of how vast
societies can rise, thrive and then collapse. We admire how whole
cities develop, but equally fascinating is what happens when their
moment has passed. From the 9th century temples at Khajuraho in
India which were lost in the date palm trees until stumbled across
by European engineers in the 19th century to Mayan pyramids in the
Guatemalan jungle to Roman cities semi-buried - but consequently
preserved - in the North African desert, the book explores why
societies fall and what, once abandoned, they leave behind to
history. With 150 striking colour photographs exploring 100 worlds,
Abandoned Civilisations is a fascinating visual history of the
mysteries of lost societies.
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