5 Civilizations That Just Disappeared

  • April 11, 2010
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Troy

While Troy is more famous for existing in the works of Homer, there is evidence that the civilization wasn’t just a figment of the poet’s imagination. However, what is not really known is exactly where the hell Troy was. There are some pretty solid educated guesses, but this is one instance where it appears that you actually can lose a great big ancient city. Personally, I blame Brad Pitt.

Any records of Troy as a civilization pretty much stop around the fourth century, making a lot of people believe that Homer was pretty full of shit and just made the whole thing up. Obviously, large chunks of The Iliad were fabricated, because the chances of gods and Achilles being killed by Orlando Bloom sound awfully fishy. Still, in the past couple hundred years archaeologists have uncovered sites where they believe the great fortified city once existed on the shores of the Aegean. So what happened? Did the Greeks really invade and conquer the Trojans, wiping them from the face of the earth in the process? We can’t be sure. But at the end of the day, what we can probably all agree on is the fact that the great civilization of Troy was ultimately doomed by its inhabitants’ love of giant wooden horses.

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Angkor

If you don’t recognize the name “Angkor,” you may want to throw the word “Wat” on there and odds are it’ll spark at least some familiarity. Angkor was an ancient civilization that was, for comparisons sake, Southeast Asia’s answer to the Mayan Civilization and Angkor Wat was the temple at its heart. Located in what is now modern day Cambodia, Angkor was the home of the Khmer empire, which is an empire that really could have used another vowel in its name.

Angkor was a Buddhist society that consisted largely of fishermen, rice farmers, artisans and elephant keepers. And yes, those elephants actually had a purpose. See, the city was protected from intruders by both soldiers and elephants. Scholars tend to believe that when the civilization disappeared in the 14th century, it was brought about by a change in the religious influence in the area or an economic collapse. I maintain that it was because apparently, elephants make for a shitty security system.

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Written by Jeff Kelly – Copyrighted © www.weirdworm.com Image Sources

Image sources:

  • - The Roanoke Colony : http://www.virginiaplaces.org/settleland/graphics/whitedebrymap.gif
  • - Lemuria : http://www.realhula.com/graphics/mu/map.jpg
  • - The Mayans : http://www.samtheflashman.co.uk/ln/wp-content/uploads/112404_mayan_378.jpg
  • - Troy : http://superfangirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/trojan-horse.jpg
  • - Angkor : http://www.images-photography-pictures.net/Angkor-Wat-Cambodia-Siem-Reap-Hrtfried-Schmid.jpg
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