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Travel to lost civilizations

Citizens of Pompeii, the Mayans of Chichen Itza and Tikal, the Vikings of Scandinavia and the Minoans of Crete have much in common: They’re all gone, but they left behind striking archaeological wonders.

In a new slide show on Bing Travel, we present a dozen places where travelers can explore lost civilizations. Petra, Jordan, is bound to look familiar: It played a starring role in the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The city was established around the 6th century B.C. as the capital city of the Nabataeans, but went into decline under Roman rule. Travelers today can ride camels and admire the gorgeous facades of the Treasury and the Monastery, in addition to a 7,000-seat Roman theater.

Another example is Chichen Itza in Mexico, a popular day trip for visitors to Cancun. The Mayans built it long before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, but it fell by around the year 1000. The site still contains fine stone buildings, including pyramids and a network of formerly paved roads.

In the U.S., Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado offers a peek into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home from the 7th to the 14th century. Today, the park protects more than 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.

Have you traveled to visit lost civilizations? Share your thoughts with other travelers in the comments section.

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