Buried Beneath Us

Buried Beneath Us

By Anthony Aveni, illustrated by Katherine Roy

You may think you know all of the American cities. But did you know that long before New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Boston ever appeared on the map—thousands of years before Europeans first colonized North America—other cities were here? They grew up, fourished, and eventually disappeared in the same places that modern cities like St. Louis and Mexico City would later appear. In the pages of this book, you’ll find the astonishing story of how they grew from small settlements to booming city centers—and then crumbled into ruins.

A beautifully illustrated look at the forces that help cities grow—and eventually cause their destruction—told through the stories of the great civilizations of ancient America.

Roaring Brook, Macmillan, November 2013. Age Level: 10 and up. Grade Level: 4th and up.

Order the Hardback From

MacmillanIndie BoundBarnes & NobleAmazon

Blog Posts About Buried Beneath Us!

Why I Like the Maya

I have a confession to make: I think I like the Mayans the best of the Mesoamerican cultures I’ve researched. I feel sort of terrible about this, in the way a parent might feel admitting that they have a favorite child. But it’s right there in front of me and rather undeniable: the Mayan
Continue Reading →

Rocks and the Ancient Inca

Before working on BURIED I really didn’t know much about the Inca. I knew they lived in Peru, in the high mountains of the Andes, and I’d of course seen lots of dreamy photos of Macchu Picchu and llamas with tassles. Oh, and of course there’s that Disney movie. Kronk was surely bas
Continue Reading →

Sun Worship and Sacrifices

Lately as I work on the sketches for BURIED I’m struck by the sheer volume of sun-worship and sacrifice across cultures. Growing up going to Sunday school gave me a disconcerting familiarity to Judeo-Christian sacrifice—of course lambs and first born sons should be slaughtered on altars to app
Continue Reading →

Horses, Battles, and a Couple of Moose

Yesterday I spent a few hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, surrounded by kids and tourists as I drifted from room to air-conditioned room. My goal was to do studies from battle scenes, to draw horses, peasants, and armor as illustration reference for my Mesoamerican BURIED BENEATH US book with
Continue Reading →

Reviews for Buried Beneath Us

  • Enough to slake a thirst for adventure.
  • A solid treatment of a fascinating subject, introducing young readers to cities that rose and fell long before our time.
    —Kirkus Reviews