Unbelievable! The 6 Lost Cities found..!
The Maya ruins of Palenque were lost and then found again in the jungles of Eastern Mexico. deep within the temple of the inscriptions shown here is an ornate vaulted chamber containing the crypt of the ruler Pakal. The first published account of the city was in 1567 by a Spanish priest who came across the stone temples and plazas that had been abandoned by the Maya. Palenque is now one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, not for its size or age, but for its creative design and amount of inscriptions. Researchers have been able to get some of the most detailed information about Mayan culture from this temple. After being attacked by other Mayan city-states and sacked, people started leaving Palenque after the year 800 and it was swallowed by the jungle by the time the Spanish arrived in Chiapas in the 16th Century. As a side note, 15 year old Canadian Teen William Gadoury claims to have discovered a lost Mayan city, without even leaving his house. Based on his theories, the Ancient cities were aligned with constellations. He was able to align over a hundred cities to maps of constellations and realized that one seemed to be missing it’s corresponding city. Archaeologists have dismissed his conclusions, but he is raising money to go on an expedition in search of of his city that he has already named ‘Cock Chi’ or ‘mouth of fire’. Maya Archaeologists and National Geographic grantee Francisco Estrada Bayy, has also invited him to go exploring.
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Carved directly into the sandstone cliff faces the prehistoric city of Petra in Jordan was lost to the Western world for 100’s of years. Hidden in the desert canyons, Petra was a once thriving trading center and the capital of the Nabataean Empire between 406.B.C. and 106.A.D., The Nabataeans, before they were conquered and absorbed into the Roman Empire in 106.A.D., controlled a vast tract of the Middle East from the Modern day Israel and Jordan into the Northern Arabian Peninsula. The Nabataeans were also known for their ability to construct efficient water collecting methods in the barren desert and their talent for carving structures into solid rocks. Once they were conquered by the Romans, the city started to decline and sat empty and a near ruined for centuries. Only in the early 1800’s to the European explorers share the secret of Petra with the Western world. Several scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed in Petra, and no the treasury Petra is not the one in the movie. A giant earned carved above the entrance to the treasury, the real treasury is marked with 100’s of gunshots. Bedouin tribesmen living in and among the ancient ruins, say the damage was caused when local men would open fire with rifles, trying to break open the urn which is actually made of solid stone. In 1985, the Petra archaeological park was declared a UNESCO world heritage site, and in 2007, it was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
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1. Angkor Wat
Built roughly between 1113 and 1150 and encompasses an area of about 500 acres, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. Located in Cambodia, it’s name means ‘Temple City’ and has 100’s of temples. It’s layout recreates the image of Mount Meru, a legendary place in Hindu mythology, that is said to lie beyond the Himalayas and be the home of the gods. Building Angkor Wat was an enormous undertaking that involved, quarrying careful artistic work and lots of digging. It is surrounded by a moat that helps stabilize the temple’s foundation and controls the water levels. Angkor Wat was built by King Suryavarman II, who came to power as a teenager after killing his great uncle while riding an elephant. Back in the 1860’s, Angkor Wat was virtually unheard of beyond local monks and villagers. The notion that this great temple was once surrounded by a city of nearly a million people, was entirely unknown. It has taken over a hundred years to uncover Angkor, street by street through the dense jungle and civil war land mines. More recently an archaeological team used lidar, light detection and ranging a remote sensing technology that uses lazer beams to record vriations on the surface of the land. They had discovered even more temple, highways, and waterways spreading across the jungle landscape. They had found an even older lost city, Mahendraparvata, that no one was even looking for. It had been buried in the jungle for over thousand years..!
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