Skip to comments.Ancient Amazon civilisation laid bare by felled forest
Posted on 12/11/2009 8:13:05 AM PST by BGHater
Signs of what could be a previously unknown ancient civilisation are emerging from beneath the felled trees of the Amazon. Some 260 giant avenues, ditches and enclosures have been spotted from the air in a region straddling Brazil's border with Bolivia.
The traditional view is that before the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th century there were no complex societies in the Amazon basin in contrast to the Andes further west where the Incas built their cities. Now deforestation, increased air travel and satellite imagery are telling a different story.
"It's never-ending," says Denise Schaan of the Federal University of Pará in Belém, Brazil, who made many of the new discoveries from planes or by examining Google Earth images. "Every week we find new structures." Some of them are square or rectangular, while others form concentric circles or complex geometric figures such as hexagons and octagons connected by avenues or roads. The researchers describe them all as geoglyphs.
Their discovery, in an area of northern Bolivia and western Brazil, follows other recent reports of vast sprawls of interconnected villages known as "garden cities" in north central Brazil, dating from around AD 1400.
The geoglyphs are formed by ditches up to 11 metres wide and 1 to 2 metres deep. They range from 90 to 300 metres in diameter and are thought to date from around 2000 years ago up to the 13th century.
The geoglyphs are thought to date from around 2000 years ago up to the 13th century
Some 260 giant avenues, ditches and enclosures have been spotted from the air in a region straddling Brazil's border with Bolivia
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Not Z, ping.
What! The forests that are being de-forested were not always forests???????
Deforestation has it’s benefits. Great! Who know what else we will find.
*ping* (great photos, too)
Cities in clearings, surrounded by forests, no doubt.
But you knew that.
Looks like someone got to trash the planet before we got a chance to do it. Ba$tards!
Cool. Maybe we should cut down more rain forests to see what’s under ‘em.
In my locality you can see the former corn and hay fields being retaken by the woods;the clear space shrinks yearly as more bushes and small trees replace the grass and weeds.
Nope....Them trees were an "Invasive Species" and the loggers were just "restoring" the land to it's natural state.
“America BC” was written in the late 70’s.
America B.C. By Barry Fell: The Book Review Book Review
This book is about the possbility of people coming to America centuries before Columbus, the Vikings, monks, and the Chinese.
“...In one of the coins studied by McMenamin, a horse stands atop a number of symbols at the bottom of the coin. For many years, scholars interpreted these symbols as letters in Phoenician script. When that theory was discounted in the 1960s, it left scholars baffled. Working over the past few months, McMenamin was able to interpret the design as a representation of the Mediterranean, surrounded by the land masses of Europe and Africa, with, to the upper left, the British Isles. To the far left of the representation of the Mediterranean is what the geologist believes is a depiction of the Americas...”
Over the last million years or so the earth has been subject to massive fluctuations in surface temperature, beside which current forecasts of global warming by a degree or two appear relatively unimportant.
During one of the interglacial periods, the sea levels were some 35 metres above present levels.
Had I been allowed a "do over" in life, I might have been a history professor. Humans, particularly liberal do-gooders, have this knack for disregarding everything that happened before they graced the face of the earth. These discoveries in the Amazon lend credence to the previous statement.
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Oh damn... Mormon Ping
The area is a mere 200 km from the inca lands
This is trivial when compared with the distances involved on the Chaco meridian. There was certain interaction with the folks closer to the water.
When they say no contact with the Nazca lines I think hmmm
The more we learn, the less we know
It was generally considered strange (when thought about at all) that among the largest rivers of the world, the Amazon (greatest of them all) didn’t have an associated civilization or two. In recent decades, that has been shown to be not true — all a matter of taking a look, really. :’)
The African Source Of The Amazon’s Fertlizer
Science News Magazine | 11-18-2006 | Sid Perkins
Posted on 11/18/2006 4:22:58 PM PST by blam
And yet the flipping Spanish and Portuguese who were actually the first in told them that there were large and complex in the Amazon basin.
Why do we have a tendency to write off multiple first hand accounts as lies?
Lost cities of the Amazon.
Thanks for the ping! Absolutely fascinating...
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