I have showed some pictures about big cities in both America and China on one of my entry called “Reinforced Concrete or Humanism” . They all look the same whatever where they are. Can you imagine thousands years later what they will become? Let’s take a trip into the past. No matter Mesa Verde (700 years) in America or Jiaohe & Gaochang Ruins(2000 years), Milan & Qiuzi ancient cities (2000 years) in China, they were all prosperous and important thousand years ago. They were just like New York City, Beijing and Shanghai today. Time can change big cities into ruins, but people are too small to control anything. My friends, I hope  you can find the images of big cities from thousand years ago via my pictures. Let’s start our trip into the past. The first stop is Mesa verde.

Mesa Verde, CO. America(A.D. 550 to 1300) : Ancestral Puebloans made Mesa Verde their home from about A.D. 550 to 1300. For more than 700 years they and their descendants lived and flourished here.

Mesa Verde National Park


The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some most notable and best preserved ones in the North American Continent. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Puebloans began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs.

The Cliff Palace

Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling (Cliff Palace and Long House are larger), was constructed between A.D. 1211 and 1278 by the ancestors of the Puebloan peoples of the Southwest. The dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 kivas (kee-vahs), or ceremonial chambers, built into a natural alcove measuring 216 feet (66 meters) at greatest width and 89 feet (27 meters) at its greatest depth. It is thought to have been home for about 60 to 80 people.

Spruce Tree House

Far View was one of the most densely populated parts of the mesa from 900 A.D. to about 1300 A.D. .

Far View

Ruins and Ancient Cities, Xinjiang, China:

Jiaohe Ruins(108 BC to 450 AD): One of the earliest settlers of this area is the Indo-European speaking Tocharians, who had populated the Tarim and Turpan basins no later than 1800 BC. From the years 108 BC to 450 AD the city of Jiaohe was the capital of the Anterior Jushi Kingdom, concurrent with the Han Dynasty, Jin Dynasty, and Southern and Northern Dynasties in China.

Gaochang Ruins: Gaochang was built in the 1st century BC, it was an important site along the Silk Road. It played a key role as a transportation hub in western China.

Mutougou Ruins: New discovery! No information about it.

Qiuci Ancient Cities(840 AD): According to the Book of Han, Qiuci was the largest of the Thirty-six kingdoms of the Western Regions, with a population of 81,317, including 21,076 persons able to bear arms.

Milan Ancient Cities(77 BC): The whole city almost disappeared.

Learn more:

Mesa Verde: http://www.nps.gov/meve/historyculture/cd_spruce_tree_house.htm

Jiahe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaohe_Ruins

Qiuci: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiuzi

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