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Ancient Amazon Actually Highly Urbanized

It's not Rio de Janeiro or even ancient Athens but anthropologists uncover evidence of urban settlements

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ANCIENT SUBURBS:

The southern villages of Kuhikugu were not alone. Satellite images reveal a similar cluster of villages to the north, dubbed Ipaste, with similar roads, plazas and defensive ditches.....[ More ]

FISH FUNNEL:

The modern Kuikuro still build dams to funnel fish into submerged fish weirs where they can be collected. Evidence of such weirs stretches back hundreds of years.....[ More ]

BURIED LIVES:

Under layers of soil a rich, urban life is revealed, including pottery shards and agriculture, along with a network of roads and villages.....[ More ]

MOAT LEARNING:

An excavation trench cuts into the defensive ditch that once surrounded a lost Amazon village.....[ More ]

MAPPING THE JUNGLE:

Archaeologists and anthropologists lay out a grid in the jungle to search for the remnants of this lost city.....[ More ]

BURNT HOUSE:

The charred remains of a modern Kuikuro house, whose dwellers are descendants of the ancient Amazonian villagers, reveal the same structural hallmarks as ancestral dwellings.....[ More ]

LOST CITY:

The Amazon jungle concealed an urban setting of towns and villages, dubbed Kuhikugu. Roads, represented by the dashed lines, connected the habitations, denoted by earthworks in red.....[ More ]

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