posted on Dec, 12 2012 @ 12:19 AM
I'm going to try something a little bit different this time around.
Normally I'll post a location and discuss it's possible origins. Not this time. Earlier today I was talking to a friend of mine and who jokingly asked
why I was so interested in a bunch of junky crumbling old ruins. Which to be honest caught me off guard, then I realized that although I see what he
and others see I do also in fact see the locations in my minds eye as they once were. To be honest, I get frustrated sometimes having to explain just
how sophisticated our ancestors truly were. Hopefully this will get the idea across once and for all that they were many things but not primitive when
it came to engineering their Cities, Temples, Empires and other structures.
So, I'll be providing artists renditions and 3d mock ups of how these various ancient cities and cultures would have looked to those who inhabited
them. These are some of my favorites from both the old and new world.
The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the
major city of Crete. The identification of Knossos with the Bronze Age site is supported by tradition and by the Roman coins that were scattered over
the fields surrounding the pre-excavation site, then a large mound named Kephala Hill, elevation 85 m (279 ft) from current sea level. Many of them
were inscribed with Knosion or Knos on the obverse and an image of a Minotaur or Labyrinth on the reverse, both symbols deriving from the myth of King
Minos, supposed to have reigned from Knossos
Babylonia was an ancient Semitic nation state and cultural region based in central-southern
Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). It emerged as an independent state in ca. 1894 BC, the city of Babylon being its capital. Babylonia became the major
power in the region after Hammurabi (fl. ca. 1792- 1752 BC middle chronology, or ca. 1696 – 1654 BC, short chronology) created an empire out of the
territories of the former Akkadian Empire.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
(also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is
now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that
the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BCE.
Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
Cahokia was the largest and most
influential urban settlement in the Mississippian culture which developed advanced societies across much of what is now the Southeastern United
States, beginning more than 500 years before European contact. Cahokia's population at its peak in the 1200s was as large, or larger, than any
European city of that time, and its ancient population would not be surpassed by any city in the United States until about the year 1800. Today,
Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great Pre-Columbian cities in Mexico.
Yaxchilan (also sometimes historically referred to by the
names Menché and City Lorillard) is an ancient Maya city located on the bank of the Usumacinta River in what is now the state of Chiapas, Mexico. In
the Late Classic Period Yaxchilan was one of the most powerful Maya states along the course of the Usumacinta, with Piedras Negras as its major
Palenque (Bàak' in Modern Maya) was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. The
Palenque ruins date back to 226 BC to its fall around 1123 AD. After its decline, it was absorbed into the jungle, which is made up of cedar,
mahogany, and sapodilla trees, but has been excavated and restored and is now a famous archaeological site attracting thousands of visitors. It is
located near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas
Uxmal (Yucatec Maya: Óoxmáal [óˑʃmáˑl]) is an ancient Maya city of the classical period. Today it is one of the
most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with those of Caracol, Xunantunich, Chichen Itza and Tikal. It is located in the Puuc
region and is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the region's dominant architectural style.
Calakmul (also Kalakmul and other less frequent variants) is a
Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Campeche, deep in the jungles of the greater Petén Basin region. It is 35 kilometres (22 mi) from
the Guatemalan border. Calakmul was one of the largest and most powerful ancient cities ever uncovered in the Maya lowlands. Calakmul is a modern
name; in ancient times the city core was known as Ox Te' Tuun.
Tikal (or Tik’al according to the modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban
centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala.
Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage
El Mirador was first discovered in
1926, and was photographed from the air in 1930, but the remote site deep in the jungle had little more attention paid to it until Ian Graham spent
some time there making the first map of the area in 1962. A detailed investigation was begun in 1978 with an archaeological project under the
direction of Dr. Bruce Dahlin (Catholic University of America) and Dr. Ray Matheny (Brigham Young University). Dahlin's work focused primarily on the
bajo swamps and mapping, while Matheny's team focused primarily on excavations in the site center and architecture. This project ended in 1983. To the
surprise of the archaeologists, it was found that a large amount of construction was not contemporary with the large Maya classic cities in the area,
like Tikal and Uaxactun, but rather from centuries earlier in the Pre-Classic era
Nahuatl: Tenōchtitlan [tenoːt͡ʃˈtit͡ɬan]) was a Nahua altepetl (city-state) located on an island in Lake Texcoco, in the Valley of Mexico.
Founded in 1325, it became the capital of the expanding Meixca Empire in the 15th century, until captured by the Spanish in 1521. At its peak, it
was the largest city in the Pre-Columbian New World. When paired with Mexico the name is a reference to Mexica, the people of the surrounding Aztec
heartland. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today the ruins of Tenochtitlan are located in the central part of
Teotihuacán, is an enormous archaeological site in the
Basin of Mexico, just 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian
Americas. The name means "where man met the gods." Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes,
the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals. Additionally, Teotihuacan produced a thin orange pottery style that spread
through Mesoamerica. The city is thought to have been established around 100 BC
Primitive my butt...
Here are a couple of bonus videos I've made a while back...
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Well I hope you enjoyed this trip through time.
Until next time
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