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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-12-10 12:51 AM
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Researchers upending previous Amazon theory
Researchers upending previous Amazon theory
Forest may have been home to an advanced society
By Juan Forero
Washington Post / September 12, 2010

SAN MARTIN DE SAMIRIA, Peru To the untrained eye, all evidence here in the heart of the Amazon signals virgin forest, untouched by man for time immemorial from the ubiquitous fruit palms to the cry of howler monkeys, from the air thick with mosquitoes to the unruly tangle of jungle vines.

Archeologists, many of them Americans, say the opposite is true: This patch of forest, and many others across the Amazon, was instead home to an advanced, even spectacular civilization that managed the forest and enriched infertile soils to feed thousands.

The findings are discrediting a once-bedrock theory of archeology that long held that the Amazon, unlike much of the Americas, was a historical black hole, its environment too hostile and its earth too poor to have ever sustained big, sedentary societies. Only small and primitive hunter-gatherer tribes, the assumption went, could ever have eked out a living in an unforgiving environment.

But scientists now believe that instead of stone-age tribes, like the groups that occasionally emerge from the forest today, the Indians who inhabited the Amazon centuries ago numbered as many as 20 million, far more people than live here today.

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 12:04 AM
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1. So much for the Noble Savage nonsense.
Edited on Mon Nov-08-10 12:04 AM by Odin2005
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 05:09 AM
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2. Absolutely. Amazing how little has been known, or sought concerning Latin America earlier.
Edited on Mon Nov-08-10 05:15 AM by Judi Lynn
It has always been so much easier to ignore Latin America so we are never aware of the horrendous exploitation, abuse, suffering, pain, grief this country's corporations and various previous administrations have heaped upon the people south of the States.
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