Lost Cities

Lost Cities

by Sue Hamilton

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Atlantis, Camelot, El Dorado—the usual roster of mythical cities appears in this "Unsolved Mysteries" series. There is really not much mystery about those sites. The Atlantis section retells Plato's story—which might point to the destruction of the Minoan civilization if only Plato had not gotten his dates mixed up—but farfetched ideas like El Dorado are pure fantasy. The Camelot section is especially poorly researched, since no medieval knights or castles existed when (and if) Arthur really lived. Gododdin is not an author but the name of a people and a poem of lament written about 600 C.E.—there is no evidence that the one brief mention of an Arthur refers to the "King." Shangri La is correctly identified as a locale in James Hilton's novel, while Ubar—"Atlantis of the Sands"—appears to have been located using radar images and global positioning, then partly uncovered by archaeological expeditions in 1990 and 1991. (PBS and NASA web sites offer much more interesting information about that ancient trade center in Oman.) The verdict is still out on underwater rock formations near the Japanese island Yonaguni: some scientists believe the rocks were shaped by nature, while others think there may have been some human activity involved. Machu Picchu exists, of course, but is no longer lost. The illustrations—color photos, engravings, and satellite maps—are well selected, but this material has been covered so often that very little mystery remains. The book may best serve as a catalyst for further research. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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ABDO Publishing
Publication date:
ABDO Unsolved Mysteries Series
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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