Travel to lost cities around the world in this fascinating new book

A Polish-German team of archaeologists at work at a site in Poland. Image: Radio Poland

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz (2021) 309 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5)

A wide-angle portrait of archaeologists at work

How science and technology have revolutionized archaeology

Stratigraphic map of a dig site in Spain. Image: Virginia Martínez-Pillado via ResearchGate

The four “lost cities”


Artist’s impression of Çatalhöyük. Image: Dan Lewandowski via Sci-News


Pompeii and Vesuvius. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Angkor Wat

One of the many temples at Angkor Wat. Image: Wikipedia


An artist imagines what lay under the mounds at Cahokia. Image: Museum Society via

A multitude of other “lost cities”

Little remains of Great Zimbabwe today other than a few stone ruins. Image: Janice Bell via SmartHistory
Magnificent architecture like this is characteristic of Petra, which flourished more than 2,000 years ago. Image: Diego Delso via AtlasObscura
A great civilization was centered here 5,000 years ago in what is now Pakistan. Image: India Today
Marco Polo also walked these walls on his journey to China when it was ruled by the Mongols.; Image: Archaeology Travel

Newitz on “lost cities”

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