Ancient Cities Wiped Out By Disasters

What happened to these ancient cities and the millions of people in them? In most cases, archaeologists can’t figure it out — no one left a note.

By Ben Conoley

You’ve no doubt heard of the ancient lost city of Atlantis — after all, it’s where Aquaman chillaxes when he’s not out foolishly attempting to be a superhero. But Atlantis is almost certainly a myth invented by some Greek dude named Plato. (Who the hell names their kid after a planet?) And yet scientists still debate the existence of Atlantis more than 10,000 years after the city supposedly sank to the ocean floor.

Why? Because people are fascinated by the thought of an entire civilization wiped out by a disaster. After all, the disasters that destroyed or emptied out ancient civilizations still exist — volcano eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes, war, disease, an influx of pushy Spaniards. So what wiped them out could wipe out a city today.


Turns out it’s not just a mediocre Brad Pitt movie. Troy was actually a real city in what is now Turkey, but for hundreds of years, people thought it was fictional, a place that existed only in The Iliad. But in 1870, an archaeologist armed with the book set out to find it, and did.

The city appeared to have been destroyed not only by Brad Pitt’s sculpted pecs, but many more times after that. Eggheads theorize it was ravaged by war, earthquakes, and a group of marauders known as the Sea Peoples. No wonder people finally wised up, moved the hell away, and forgot the place.

TAGS: disasters, gods, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, travel


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Jesse Brown (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:27:36 +0000): Plato is not not a planetary body and Pluto hadn't even been discovered. I gave up on this article right there at the beginning.
Jesse Brown (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:43:06 +0000): OMG that was a COSMO site?
Munir Kazmi (Sat, 25 Jun 2011 02:56:15 +0000): Tornados, tsunamis or earthquakes can definitely wipe out centres of modern civilization. Can we stop them from doing so? With all our advancements we saw Japanese and Indonesians being swept like straws. Its just a reminder how advanced and strong we are.
Sakis Pastras (Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:13:55 +0000): what an idiotic artcile..from a snobby "i read a cover and act like I am a specialist" crap wannaby journalist...Like the deep oceans, history is more undiscovered as it is discovered. I rather read Plato's work wich is still acadamic recognized for 3000 years...your article will last 3000 some respect F@cking @asshole.
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John Smith (Thu, 07 Jul 2011 23:34:45 +0000): I believe the reason that Machu Picchu was built so high in the mountians, is they were waiting for a world wide flood and spent all their time building this place. When it did not happen according to their predictions they started leaving in small groups untill no one was left. Kind of like the bomb shelters of the 50's. U think?
Robelyn Bananola (Sat, 16 Jul 2011 21:56:33 +0000): your hackery knows no bounds!
William Matthew Watkins (Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:53:55 +0000): This tried to be witty like a article and failed miserably.
(Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:07:29 +0000): OHHHHHHH>>>>The Article, make that Sucketh! Anyway, I thought the intelligent bloggers here would like to know of the recent advances on the. Atlantis legend...on the south Spanish Plain. Oh, I hear you...da plain the plane....haha...
(Thu, 21 Jul 2011 05:19:54 +0000): "The stone walls of Machu Picchu were erected (heh heh)". Really? Since when does being a "modern man" equate to spewing (insert heh heh here) asinine junior high remarks and idiotic one-liners? Horrible article about a great subject.


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