The most intriguing abandoned settlements, from ancient ruinings to modern ghost towns
Last week laser scanning revealed the true scale of the ancient city of Angamuco in western Mexico. The city, built around AD900, is thought to have had 100,000 residents and included pyramids, road systems, vegetable gardens and ball courts. It was a major centre for the Purepecha people, challengers to the Aztecs. Both cultures collapsed in the 16 th century when Europeans introduced typhoid-like illness to which they had no immunity.
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