It's a wonderful life Okay, usually we list only seven, but that's because we used to be ignorant. Not anymore. The ancient world which includes every continent boasted many noteworthy sites and accomplishments. Dozens of them appear in The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World, edited by Chris Scarre. The subtitle sums it up: The Great Monuments and How They Were Built. This book features lush photos of the ruins as they look now, alongside thoughtful reconstructions of how they appeared in their prime and how they were constructed.

Ancient rock drawings, diagrams, Roman aqueducts, Chinese canals, Incan roads, Herod's artificial harbor at Caesarea, the giant Nazca drawings in the Peruvian desert they're all here. From Stonehenge to Easter Island, the tour goes around the world and throughout history even prehistory.

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