Studying lost civilizations is about more than marveling at pyramids or ancient architecture -- it's an opportunity to learn what kinds of things can bring a once great empire to its knees. How much do you know about some of history's lost cultures?
What long-lost civilization built the network of stone temples known as Angkor Wat?
Where did the Harappan people build their cities from 2200 to 1900 B.C.E.?
The Nabateans built this stunning stone city in what is now the country of Jordan.
What group built an early American civilization across New Mexico and Arizona before abruptly abandoning it around the 13th or 14th century?
Where can you find the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico?
What civilization settled along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers around 3300 B.C.E.?
Tikal served as the capital city of this lost civilization.
When the mutineers of the HMS Bounty settled on this island, they were surprised to find evidence that it had once been occupied.
Who built the giant statues on Easter Island?
What ancient people built their mighty civilization along the Andes starting in the 13th century?
How many Rapanui were left on Easter Island by the late 19th century?
Explorer Percy Fawcett mysteriously disappeared while searching for evidence of a long-lost city in this region.
What civilization left behind the yet-to-be-deciphered language known as Linear A?
The city of Tiwanaku served as the capital of a pre-Incan empire in this South American country.
How long ago did the Clovis civilization settle in the southwest U.S.?
1300 years ago
5300 years ago
13,000 years ago
What group overthrew the Minoans around 1600 B.C.E., only to be overthrown themselves just 500 years later?
What group was responsible for the first advanced civilization in west Africa?
Tenochtitlan served as the capital city of this ancient empire.
Founded in the 4th century B.C.E., where was the ancient city of Niya located?