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To: Fred Nerks
I saw a film years ago with an archaeologist in an airplane, poor grainy film, showing the Amazon plains. He went on and on about all the earthworks he was showing us below. They went on for hundreds of miles. He estimated that a population of 50 million would have been necessary to acomplish what he was showing.

BTW, he first caught a glimpse of that area from a commercial jet.

44 posted on 08/15/2007 10:10:59 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

fifty million wouldn’t be too much of stretch...

http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/article_ancient_americans_charles_c_mann_interview.htm

Until the 1960s most researchers thought that when Columbus landed the entire hemisphere held only a few million people. Now most (though not all) believe the actual count was much, much higher. The highest scholarly estimate I’ve seen is 140 million, though only a small percentage of researchers think the number could be that high. A more widely accepted figure now is 40-60 million. Note, though, that the ‘widely accepted’ number keeps rising as new information comes in. I wouldn’t be surprised if the consensus figure ended up being 80 million...


46 posted on 08/15/2007 10:34:59 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: blam
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47 posted on 08/15/2007 10:43:13 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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