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Buried Beneath Us

Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas

Anthony Aveni, illustrated by Katherine Roy

Roaring Brook Press

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. 

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WHAT ARE CITIES?
 
Downtown Mexico City, the largest city in the Americas, February 21, 1978: Electrical workers are at work laying a cable on a busy street corner. Suddenly a loud clank resonates from the tip of a laborer’s shovel. Kicking away the surrounding dirt, he realizes the edge of the stone he has struck is round and far too huge to dislodge. He calls over his fellow workers to help out. Further digging reveals a portion of a carved arm, then an upturned face five times bigger than life, with a tasseled headdress adorned with bells.
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"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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Anthony Aveni, illustrated by Katherine Roy

  • 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. He lives in Hamilton, NY.

    Katherine Roy is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She graduated with an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies after earning a BFA in Illustration and English from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her drawings have appeared in Slate, Seven Days, and several educational books for children, in addition to her ongoing series, Caterpillar Tales. She has also illustrated The Expeditioners by S.S. Taylor. She lives in New York City.

  • Katherine Roy
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Buried Beneath Us

Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas

Anthony Aveni, illustrated by Katherine Roy

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Roaring Brook Press

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