From the excavated ruins to the digging now going on it the Mayan Indian country of Mexico, this book tells the story of six ancient civilizations which disappeared centuries ago, then were rediscovered by archaeologists and explorers in the last two centuries. In a series of vignettes--supported by archeologists discoveries today-- the life of Pompell is recreated just as nearby Mount Vesuvius crupted. Following this is the story of the famed explorer-archeologist Heinrich Schliemann and his diggings in ancient Troy and Mycenae. Babylon is examined too in all its complexity, as well as the Chichen ltza of the Mayas, and the huge city of Angkor lost for centuries in the Cambodian jungle. Not only does this book recreated the life of those civilizations, but it explains the fascinating lore of archeology and stimulates interest in the science. Written for the layman.