Saturday, September 6, 2014

5 Lost Cities—Found

Archeologists have recently discovered—actually, rediscovered—a lost Mayan city in the Mexican jungle.  Add that to four other lost cities believed to be myths until they were discovered, and you have five lost cities.

1. Lagunita
An archeologist from Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts rediscovered the lost Mayan city of Lagunita. He identified a Mayan doorway, the remains of massive buildings, plazas, ball courts, a pyramid and three altars that date back to 711 AD.

The above picture was taken on Oct. 28, 2013 and released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).  The ruins belonging to the ancient Maya city called Lagunita stand out in the jungle on a remote location in the southern state of Campeche, Mexico. Archaeologists in Mexico first stumbled upon this site in the 1970s and it was rediscovered last year.

2. Helike
In the year 373 BC, a giant earthquake hit off the coast of Greece, which created a giant tsunami that swallowed the ancient city of Helike. Then, in 2001 a team finally rediscovered Helike, digging up coins, pottery and ruins. The reason it took them so long to find it? They were looking under water, but it was actually under dirt. The water had long ago dried up.

3. Troy
The famous city of Troy was once believed to be a mythical place, a location, one that never existed in real life. The place that gave us Helen of Troy (the face that launched a thousand ships) and the Trojan Horse. But in 1870, Heinrich Schliemann followed clues laid out in Homer's ILIAD and found the ruins of the fabled city, thus moving Troy from myth to reality.

I read a book about Schliemann's discovery of Troy and then by coincidence a few months later the university's art museum hosted an exhibition of photographs taken at his archeological dig.

4. Pavlopetri
Many believe this to be the real life Atlantis. This 5,000-year-old lost city was found in 1967 and is thought to have been submerged about 3,000 years ago. So, it had an impressive lifetime of 2,000 years. Archeologists found roads, buildings, courtyards and pottery.

5. Machu Pichu

Maybe the greatest of the lost cities sits on top of a mountain in Peru. It wasn't rediscovered until 1911 mostly because of its location. People are always digging for lost cities, looking under the oceans or trekking through the jungle. No one thinks to look up to the high mountain tops.


erica floyd said...

A very interesting article about lost or little known places. I loved the article. It is a shame so many places have been lost due to lost civilizations, but I recently heard on yahoo mail that one lost city in Mexico that was first discovered in the 70's by a scouting team is now being reinvestigated. The first report of the city was never nationally reported and then the location was temporarily lost. DAH!
Thank you for this post. I found it very interesting.

Shawna Delacorte said...

Erica: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed my blog. I was surprised about Lagunita, too. If it had originally been discovered in the late 1800s and then the records inadvertently lost, it would be a lot more understandable than discovering the ruins as recently as the 1970s and just dismissing it as nothing until it's rediscovered.

Thanks for commenting.