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Plenty of societies have fallen into decline throughout history, and while some leave clues as to what caused their demise, others have suddenly disappeared. Here are a few of these puzzling lost cultures.The Indus civilization
Also known as the Harappan civilization, this ancient culture, which extended over parts of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, disappeared approximately 3,000 years ago for reasons unknown.The Polynesian society of Easter Island
Famous its the massive stone heads, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) was home to a thriving Polynesian civilization that first settled the island about 700 CE. There are many theories for the culture’s decline.The Neolithic civilization that lived in ?atalh?yük
?atalh?yük in modern-day Turkey was once one of the world’s oldest cities. A Neolithic culture flourished there between 9,000 and 7,000 years ago and then suddenly disappeared.The Mississippians
This agrarian civilization once built large cities in parts of North America. Experts don’t know what led to the culture’s gradual demise.Intrigued?
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