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?
Mesa Verde is the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site in the United States. Located on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado, this collection of Pueblo Indian dwellings was built between the 6th and 12th century. Over 600 cliff dwellings, made of sandstone, have been recorded within Mesa Verde. How will Mesa Verde stack up against the competition?