Thousands of feet above sea level, a majestic settlement perches on a mountaintop. Built in the fifteenth century, Machu Picchu is an engineering feat and an architectural marvel of the Inca Empire. The complex, however, was relatively short-lived and Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the Inca in the sixteenth century. Will Machu Picchu's ArchaeoMadness success be brief as well?
As an archaeological site that represents a precise moment in time, Herculaneum gives us a rare glimpse of ancient life and society in the Roman world. The wealth of information modern archaeologists have gained from the site came at a heavy price for the city's citizens, as the town was buried in pyroclastic flows when Mount Vesuvius erupted in in 79 AD. Hopefully Herculaneum will have a better fate today and won't get “buried” by the competition in ArchaeoMadness.