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Tour These Ancient Ruins in America You Never Knew Existed

Architectural Digest Logo By Stefanie Waldek of Architectural Digest | Slide 1 of 6: <p>When you think of ancient ruins, your thoughts might wander to the <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/colosseum-restoration-phase-one-complete?mbid=synd_msntravel">Colosseum in Rome</a>, the <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/facts-never-knew-about-pyramids-of-giza?mbid=synd_msntravel">Egyptian pyramids of Giza</a>, or the Great Wall of China. After all, these architectural masterpieces were erected in destinations that were once home to massive civilizations thousands of years ago. You might not think of the United States as a hotbed of archaeology, but, in fact, ancient peoples built cities here well before Christopher Columbus ever set foot in the New World. Some sites are familiar—say, the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, or Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. But here are five ancient ruins in America that you might not have heard of.</p>

When you think of ancient ruins, your thoughts might wander to the Colosseum in Rome, the Egyptian pyramids of Giza, or the Great Wall of China. After all, these architectural masterpieces were erected in destinations that were once home to massive civilizations thousands of years ago. You might not think of the United States as a hotbed of archaeology, but, in fact, ancient peoples built cities here well before Christopher Columbus ever set foot in the New World. Some sites are familiar—say, the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, or Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. But here are five ancient ruins in America that you might not have heard of.

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