Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Ancient Amazon Cities Found

Dozens of ancient, densely packed, towns, villages, and hamlets arranged in an organized pattern have been mapped in the Brazilian Amazon, anthropologists announced today.

The finding suggests that vast swathes of "pristine" rain forest may actually have been sophisticated urban landscapes prior to the arrival of European colonists.
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The finding supports a controversial theory that the Amazon River Basin teemed with large societies that were all but obliterated by disease when European colonists arrived in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The isolated tribes that remain in the Amazon today are the last survivors of these once great societies, according to the theory.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080828-amazon-cities.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 2nd, 2008]

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