Searching for Lost Cities

Features May/June 2024

From Iraq to West Africa and the English Channel to the Black Sea, archaeologists are on the hunt for evidence of once-great cities lost to time
Lands of the Golden Horde, fourteenth-century map
(© BnF, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY)
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  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Capital of the World’s First Empire

    From Iraq to West Africa and the English Channel to the Black Sea, archaeologists are on the hunt for evidence of once-great cities lost to time

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    Tigris River in northern Iraq
    (Photo by Zaid Al-Obeidi/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    The Storm God’s City

    Konya Plain, Turkey

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    Türkmen-Karahöyük, Turkey
    (Michele Massa)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Korea’s City of Daggers

    China, North Korea, and South Korea

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    Korea Gojoseon Daggers
    (Courtesy National Museum of Korea)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Which Island Is it Anyway?

    Unidentified Island, English Channel

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    Saint Michael’s Mount, England
    (Chensiyuan/ Wikimedia Commons)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Medieval Mountain Citadel

    Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan and Afghanistan

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    Fortress ruins of Karan, Tajikistan
    (Shutterstock/ Maximum Exposure PR)
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    London on the Black Sea

    Crimea, Ukraine

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    Sixteenth-century nautical map of the Black Sea
    (Heritage Image Partnership Ltd/Alamy)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Palaces of the Golden Horde

    Volga Valley, Russia

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    Lands of the Golden Horde, fourteenth-century map
    (© BnF, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    An Enduring Chiefdom

    Wateree Valley, South Carolina

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    Seventeenth-century map
    (The Library of Congress)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Kingdom of Kaabu’s Secret Capital

    Kansala, Guinea-Bissau

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    Gunpowder magazine, Kansala, Guinea-Bissau
    (Sirio Canós/Kansala Project)
  • Searching for Lost Cities May/June 2024

    Egypt’s First Capital?

    Upper Egypt

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    Egypt Abydos Temple
    (Photo Vyacheslav Argenberg via Flickr)