Skip to comments.Scientists find ancient lost settlements in Amazon
Posted on 08/28/2008 5:54:59 PM PDT by decimon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A vast region of the Amazon forest in Brazil was home to a complex of ancient towns in which about 50,000 people lived, according to scientists assisted by satellite images of the region.
The scientists, whose findings were published on Thursday in the journal Science, described clusters of towns and smaller villages connected by complex road networks and housing a society doomed by the arrival of Europeans five centuries ago.
The existence of the ancient settlements in the Upper Xingu region of the Amazon in north-central Brazil means what many experts had considered virgin tropical forests were in fact heavily affected by past human activity, the scientists said.
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There’s a topic or two about Anne, or perhaps Anna, Roosevelt et al and her work in the Amazon.
Thanks. Your pics are of the Bolivian ‘high plains’ and so not the same environment as the Brazilian Amazon basin, no? Still the Amazon basin but a different environment, I’d think.
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that pic, and a bunch of others: