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Abandoned Civilisations

The Mysteries Behind More Than 90 Lost Worlds. Abandoned

By (author) Kieron Connolly
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 12th Jul 2018
Dimensions: w 227mm h 297mm d 20mm
Weight: 1370g
ISBN-10: 1782746676
ISBN-13: 9781782746676
Barcode No: 9781782746676
Synopsis
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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