Civilizations That Mysteriously Vanished


With the United States and North Korea at the brink of nuclear war, it might not be a terribly bad time to take a look at some civilizations that have mysteriously disappeared in the past. They – probably – didn’t go down because of nuclear fallout, but that’s pretty much all we can say about it.


Although they’re gone, many signs of their presence have remained on our planet. This allows us to know when they lived and how advanced they were for their time period. But apart from that, we have no idea. They just went reverse John Cena on us.



The Aksumite Empire
This civilization should have lived somewhere in north-east Africa. Somehow in the 10th century, queen Gudit destroyed their entire civilization and that’s all she wrote.



Olmec Civilization
These people lived long before the Aztecs and Mayans. We have no idea where they game from, all we know is that “Olmec” is what the Aztecs called them, which pretty much means “rubber people”. I guess they were a flexible bunch.

Rapa Nui
These are the Easter Island people. We don’t even know how they made those face-statue things out of those rocks, so how are we supposed to know how they vanished?

Harappan Civilization
This group of people lived in the Indus valley. Where’s that, you ask? Google it! Seriously, you got this far on the Internet, might as well do something useful with all that power. What? That’s my job? Fine, the Indus valley is in South Asia. Pretty much the part of the world the US is bombing. It’s assumed the civilization was lost because of a drought, which makes sense because the entire area is nothing but sand.

As you can probably tell from all the weird letters, this was a Turkish people living in 7400 B.C. Give or take a few years. We weren’t counting all that well back then. In about 6000 B.C. they either decayed because of infighting or because of migrants from across the Black Sea. No matter what the real reason, this must really be hitting home for many European countries anno 2017.

Minoan Civilization
This was an old Greek civilization, predating even what we consider to be “ancient” Greece. It’s assumed they were wiped out by a natural disaster – either an earthquake or a volcano.

Maya Civilization
Well, this one’s pretty easy: they all died in the 2012 apocalypse. This civilization lasted for a Milena and was wiped out by the Spanish when it had already reached a very diminished state. It’s assumed the Mayas had a long period of social collapse, which caused many people to abandon the bigger cities and go elsewhere.