Mysteries of the Ancient World Author:National Geographic Society Evidence of the past lies all around us. A grandparent's favorite rocking chair, for instance, is a familiar reminder of days gone by. Other reminders, however, are strange and perplexing, for they reach out to us from mysterious peoples and from ancient times -- the towering pyramids of Egypt, the vibrant frescoes from the ruins of Minoan Crete... more », the giant stone figures of Easter Island.
Such legacies, scattered throughout the world, afford us haunting traces of the cultures and civilizations that are part of our distant past. These traces have cast a spell on us all. Intrigued, we puzzle over who created these wondrous things and why.
This book, packed with color images, looks at those ancient remains, starting with cave paintings created by Ice Age hunters, and including sites such as Jericho, the pyramids of Egypt, the European megaliths like Stonehenge, Easter Island, the lost cities of India, and the relics of the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, and the Etruscans.« less