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Monica Smith US News and World Report: What We Can Learn From Ancient Cities

In her new book, “Cities: The First 6,000 Years,” University of California—Los Angeles-based anthropologist Monica Smith plums the history of urban settlements, puncturing some myths along the way. While we’re often drawn to the romantic notion of lost cities, she notes, most major ancient cities have survived to this day.