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Buried Beneath Us

Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas

Anthony Aveni, Katherine Roy (Illustrator)


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A beautifully illustrated look at the forces that help cities grow—and eventually cause their destruction—told through the stories of the great civilizations of ancient America.

You may think you know all of the American cities. But did you know that long before New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Boston ever appeared on the map—thousands of years before Europeans first colonized North America—other cities were here? They grew up, fourished, and eventually disappeared in the same places that modern cities like St. Louis and Mexico City would later appear. In the pages of this book, you'll find the astonishing story of how they grew from small settlements to booming city centers—and then crumbled into ruins.

Praise For Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas

“A solid treatment of a fascinating subject, introducing young readers to cities that rose and fell long before our time.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Enough to slake a thirst for adventure.” —Booklist

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596435674, 96pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

About the Author

Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University. He helped develop the field of archeoastronomy and is known particularly for his research in the astronomical history of the Maya Indians of ancient Mexico. He is a lecturer, speaker, and editor/author of over two dozen books on ancient astronomy, and author of the children's book Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas. He lives in Hamilton, NY.

Katherine Roy is the award-winning author and illustrator of Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands and How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild. She is also the illustrator for the Expeditioners series by S. S. Taylor and of Buried Beneath Us by Anthony Aveni. She loves science, history, and big adventures, and is endlessly fascinated by the way things live. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in with her husband and young son in Oregon, where she's still learning how to be a human. You can visit her website to learn more about her work, her research, and African elephants.