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History's Mysteries II

Vanished Civilizations

Some of the greatest civilizations in history have suddenly disappeared - for mysterious reasons. It’s our job to find out why! Today, we will adventure to Atlantis, which could be just a story, then to an iron kingdom and an underground city—both of which are definitely REAL. Along the way, see if you can learn lessons from the past that could help us avoid a similar fate.


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          FOR PARENTS

          Ask About Today

          What vanished civilization would you most like to visit, if you could?

          Skip the Ads

          Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.


          30-45 minutes


          The Sinking of Atlantis

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          Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher, told a story about Atlantis, a wealthy and powerful city that disappeared suddenly into the ocean. Almost overnight, it was gone. Was the city real? If it was, can we find it? And why did it sink?

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          Lost City of Tunnels

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          An underground city in the modern country of Turkey was undiscovered for 1,000 years until someone stumbled upon it. It was once large enough to hold 20,000 people. Why an underground city? And why was it abandoned? You’ll have to find out!


          Kingdom of Iron

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          Kush was an important ancient kingdom in Africa that specialized in making iron. It was also known for having female rulers. But just as iron helped make Kush special, it played a role in its fall. How do you think that happened?


          What Happened to Roanoke?

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          Over 400 years ago, England tried to start its first colony in North America. But everyone promptly disappeared, never to be seen again. The mystery has never been solved. The best clue? A single word carved into a tree. Can you make sense of it?

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          A Mighty Civilization's Downfall

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          Angkor was a thriving city in modern-day Cambodia that created some of the most marvelous temples ever built. But as this video from National Geographic describes, too much consumption of precious materials may have led to its downfall - a warning for us today.


          Lost Civilizations from Above

          Use this cool Google Earth tool to zoom in on nine lost civilizations from space! After you start, click the arrows in the bottom right corner to move from one to the next.


          20-30 minutes


          Make a Magnifying Glass

          As a history detective, you will need to search for clues with a magnifying glass. Today, with help from Green Kid Crafts, you’ll make one of your own… from a plastic bottle. Don’t believe it’s possible? You will. After it’s done, use it to read the comics, inspect your own fingerprint, or take a look at the leaves on a plant in more detail.

          Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask an adult to email a photo or video to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.


          30-45 minutes


          Hallway Bowling

          From Mommy Poppins, this game involves filling some plastic bottles partway with water and rolling a ball to knock them over. Older kids may enjoy the challenge of using a tennis ball.