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* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' and [[VideoGame/LaMulana2 its sequel]] are entirely composed of this, with many of the ruins housing sophisticated lost technology from various ancient civilizations. [[spoiler: The reason for the fall of each civilization is eventually discovered: The Mother, an ancient alien which the ruins are inside of, created each race to find a way to end her misery. When each in turn could not, she destroyed them and created another.]]


* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has this, in a first for the franchise. [[spoiler: The lost civilization of Agartha, a technologically advanced nation millennia ago [[AndManGrewProud grew arrogant]] and waged war against [[DeathOfTheOldGods the goddess Sothis]], who paid them back by wiping out Agartha. Unlike most other examples of this trope, Agartha continues to exist into the present day via the descendants of the survivors of the war, who live in a secret UndergroundCity known as Shambhala. And to top it all off, the Agarthan descendants (now known as "Those Who Slither in the Dark"), are ''still'' dedicated to their war of extermination against the goddess and her Children, and they still possess a good chunk of their ancestors' advanced technology and know how to use them: besides living space, Shambhala is also host to a battery of [[FantasticNuke long-range missile silos]], and is heavily defended with [[ShockAndAwe electrical cannons]] and HumongousMecha armed with massive swords that shoot out [[SwordBeam energy beams.]]]]

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has this, in a first for the franchise. [[spoiler: The lost civilization of Agartha, a technologically advanced nation millennia ago [[AndManGrewProud grew arrogant]] and waged war against [[DeathOfTheOldGods the goddess Sothis]], who paid them back by wiping out Agartha. Unlike most other examples of this trope, Agartha continues to exist into the present day via the descendants of the survivors of the war, who live in a secret UndergroundCity known as Shambhala. And to top it all off, the Agarthan descendants (now known as "Those Who Slither in the Dark"), are ''still'' dedicated to their war of extermination against the goddess and her Children, and they still possess a good chunk of their ancestors' advanced technology and know how to use them: besides living space, Shambhala is also host to a battery of [[FantasticNuke long-range missile silos]], and is heavily defended with [[ShockAndAwe [[LightningGun electrical cannons]] and HumongousMecha armed with massive swords that shoot out [[SwordBeam energy beams.]]]]


* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has this, in a first for the franchise. [[spoiler: The lost civilization of Agartha, a technologically advanced nation millennia ago [[AndManGrewProud grew arrogant]] and waged war against [[DeathOfTheOldGods the goddess Sothis]], who paid them back by wiping out Agartha. Unlike most other examples of this trope, Agartha continues to exist into the present day via the descendants of the survivors of the war, who live in a secret UndergroundCity known as Shambhala. And to top it all off, the Agarthan descendants (now known as "Those Who Slither in the Dark"), are ''still'' dedicated to their war of extermination against the goddess and her Children, and they still possess a good chunk of their ancestors' advanced technology and know how to use them: besides living space, Shambhala is also host to a battery of long-range missile silos, and is heavily defended with [[ShockAndAwe electrical cannons]] and HumongousMecha armed with massive swords that shoot out [[SwordBeam energy beams.]]]]

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has this, in a first for the franchise. [[spoiler: The lost civilization of Agartha, a technologically advanced nation millennia ago [[AndManGrewProud grew arrogant]] and waged war against [[DeathOfTheOldGods the goddess Sothis]], who paid them back by wiping out Agartha. Unlike most other examples of this trope, Agartha continues to exist into the present day via the descendants of the survivors of the war, who live in a secret UndergroundCity known as Shambhala. And to top it all off, the Agarthan descendants (now known as "Those Who Slither in the Dark"), are ''still'' dedicated to their war of extermination against the goddess and her Children, and they still possess a good chunk of their ancestors' advanced technology and know how to use them: besides living space, Shambhala is also host to a battery of [[FantasticNuke long-range missile silos, silos]], and is heavily defended with [[ShockAndAwe electrical cannons]] and HumongousMecha armed with massive swords that shoot out [[SwordBeam energy beams.]]]]


* Justified in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''. Any ancient civilization dug up and studied in Motovia were built and controlled in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' by the hyperly advanced alien AI called "Mother Brain", which had been designed to provide convinient and somewhat lazy life for humans [[spoiler: as the villain's gradual poison apple plan to dominate the planet.]] When Mother Brain was killed by the heroes at the end of the game, Motavia's global system mulfunctioned, and the planet's civillization was reverted into DesertPunk society like it used to be.

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* Justified in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''. Any ancient civilization dug up and studied in Motovia were built and controlled in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' by the hyperly advanced alien AI called "Mother Brain", which had been designed to provide convinient and somewhat lazy life for humans [[spoiler: as the villain's gradual poison apple plan to dominate the planet.]] When Mother Brain was killed by the heroes at the end of the game, Motavia's global system mulfunctioned, and the planet's civillization was reverted into back to the DesertPunk society like it used to be.


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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has this, in a first for the franchise. [[spoiler: The lost civilization of Agartha, a technologically advanced nation millennia ago [[AndManGrewProud grew arrogant]] and waged war against [[DeathOfTheOldGods the goddess Sothis]], who paid them back by wiping out Agartha. Unlike most other examples of this trope, Agartha continues to exist into the present day via the descendants of the survivors of the war, who live in a secret UndergroundCity known as Shambhala. And to top it all off, the Agarthan descendants (now known as "Those Who Slither in the Dark"), are ''still'' dedicated to their war of extermination against the goddess and her Children, and they still possess a good chunk of their ancestors' advanced technology and know how to use them: besides living space, Shambhala is also host to a battery of long-range missile silos, and is heavily defended with [[ShockAndAwe electrical cannons]] and HumongousMecha armed with massive swords that shoot out [[SwordBeam energy beams.]]]]


* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games have ancient temples all over the globe built either by the First Civilization, Templars or Assassins, usually hiding Pieces of Edens. These temples have complex mechanisms such as hidden platforms and doors despite some of them dated during the period of Adam and Eve.

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games have ancient temples all over the globe built either by the First Civilization, Templars or Assassins, usually hiding Pieces of Edens. These temples have complex mechanisms such as hidden platforms and doors despite some of them dated during dating as far back as the period of Adam ''Adam and Eve.Eve''.


* There are several signs of the advanced Echidna civilization on Angel Island in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games, but the most technologically advanced is the Sky Sanctuary which is in the clouds and has teleporters.

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* There are several signs of the advanced Echidna civilization on Angel Island in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' games, but the most technologically advanced is the Sky Sanctuary which is in the clouds and has teleporters.

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* In ''Film/KingKong2005'', much of Skull Island's "landscape'' is actually this trope: the monumental structures, roads, and statuary left behind by a long-vanished human culture. Their only descendants have degenerated to a state of barbarism, and their architectural works and carvings have been reduced nearly to rubble by the jungle, cyclones, earthquakes and neglect.


** It's not just that, they even have a [[LostTechnology forgotten recipe]] for "Roman Concrete". This stuff's harder than modern portland versions. It's why the [[RagnarokProofing Roman]] cities are still safe to walk around in; and while the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China also exist, the Colosseum still has an entire city to keep it company.

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** It's not just that, they even have a [[LostTechnology forgotten recipe]] for "Roman Concrete". Concrete", the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_concrete opus caementicium]]''. This stuff's harder than modern portland versions.versions: while modern concrete, filled with quick-dry agents, decays with time, opus caementicium gets *better* and *harder* the older it gets. And that while being more earthquake-proof than modern counterparts. It's why the [[RagnarokProofing Roman]] cities are still safe to walk around in; and while the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China also exist, the Colosseum still has an entire city to keep it company.


* Really a lot of the old world from the perspective of new worlders. They idea that people are living in cities and buildings older than Colombian contact with modern conveniences (mostly) is very strange to Americans[[note]]And we mean americans in the general sense here[[/note]]

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* Really a lot of the old world from the perspective of new worlders. They idea that people are living in cities and buildings older than Colombian contact with modern conveniences (mostly) is very strange to Americans[[note]]And we mean americans in the general sense here[[/note]]here[[/note]] Case and point, in London there is a busy street next to the 13th century (More or less)[[note]]In this case a lot more and a lot less[[/note]] Tower of London. Which itself has other major landmarks from different centuries a stones throw away from it. [[note]]Tower Bridge (which is named after it and from the mid 19th century) and the cruiser ''Belfast'' (a steel warship from the 1930s)[[/note]] By comparison, most cities in the Americas are younger than two hundred years, and none can legitimately claim to be older than five hundred.

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* Really a lot of the old world from the perspective of new worlders. They idea that people are living in cities and buildings older than Colombian contact with modern conveniences (mostly) is very strange to Americans[[note]]And we mean americans in the general sense here[[/note]]


* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Paradise Island is an uncharted island within the devil's triangle. At 1942, The amazons wear togas and use arcs and arrows, but they had an invisible plane, a truth serum, and guns to use in her “Bullets and bracelets” challenge.

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* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Paradise Island is an uncharted island within the devil's triangle. At In 1942, The the amazons wear togas and use arcs bows and arrows, but they had an invisible plane, a truth serum, and guns to use in her “Bullets and bracelets” Bracelets” challenge.


* ''Film/BlackPanther'' brought Wakanda to the big screen for the first time. However, it was deconstructed as well: Killmonger, and [[spoiler:his father N'Jobu]] were angry that they, along with millions of other Africans and African descended peoples, had to live in poverty and oppression while the Wakandans lived in decadence and did nothing to use their resources to help out the others. By the end of the film, T'Challa has promised to use Wakanda's resources and technological superiority for good, by [[spoiler:opening a Wakandan outreach center in Oakland and revealing the true nature of Wakanda to the United Nations in TheStinger]].

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* ''Film/BlackPanther'' ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}'' brought Wakanda to the big screen for the first time. However, it was deconstructed as well: Killmonger, and [[spoiler:his father N'Jobu]] were angry that they, along with millions of other Africans and African descended peoples, had to live in poverty and oppression while the Wakandans lived in decadence and did nothing to use their resources to help out the others. By the end of the film, T'Challa has promised to use Wakanda's resources and technological superiority for good, by [[spoiler:opening a Wakandan outreach center in Oakland and revealing the true nature of Wakanda to the United Nations in TheStinger]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Tellurion}}'' people live or move about buildings or outposts built by precursors as if they're part of the scenery. One group is intent on destroying some of this history, as if people being able to understand it threatens their power. The heroes of the story manage to find access to a secret city anyways.


* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'' has a subversion; the acropolis in question, Urithiru, is nine thousand years behind the rest of the planet in {{Magitek}}. Possibly zig-zagged; the principles in use are the bare fundamentals taught to all artifabrians but applied on a city-wide principle, making up in scale for what it lacks in sophistication.

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* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'' has a subversion; (third book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Subverted; the acropolis in question, Urithiru, is nine thousand years behind the rest of the planet in {{Magitek}}. Possibly zig-zagged; the principles in use are the bare fundamentals taught to all artifabrians but applied on a city-wide principle, making up in scale for what it lacks in sophistication.


* The 1935 version of ''Film/{{She|1935}}'' has the ancient city of Kor in the Arctic Circle.
* The 1965 version of ''Film/{{She|1965}}'' has the ancient city of Kor in Africa.



* H. Rider Haggard's ''Literature/{{She}}'' has the ancient city of Kor in Africa. The 1935 adaptation was in Antarctica and the 1965 movie went back to Africa.

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* H. Rider Haggard's ''Literature/{{She}}'' has the ancient city of Kor in Africa. The 1935 adaptation was in Antarctica and the 1965 movie went back to Africa.

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