Researchers Discover Ancient Amazonian Villages Laid Out Like a Clock

Ancient Amazonian villages built between AD 1300 to 1700 and laid out like a clock to possibly represent the Native American cosmos have been discovered in Brazil’s south Acre State. (Heritage Daily)

The discovery was made by a multi-national team from the University of Exeter, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional, Federal University of Pará, Federal University of Acre, and the Brazil National Institute for Space Research, whilst conducting a LiDar scan of the forest canopy. (Heritage Daily)

Ancient Amazonians laid out their settlements in circles 700 years ago, with radiating mounds and roads that may have represented the cosmos, a study finds. (Daily Mail)

Experts led from Exeter University used lidar-based sensing equipment mounted on helicopters to see below the rainforest canopy in south Acre State, Brazil. (Daily Mail)

They found 35 mounded villages were constructed in a distinctive and repeated pattern by the ancient Acreans between 1300 and 1700 AD. (Daily Mail)

Deforestation and archaeological digs in Acre State has previously revealed the presence of large earthworks and circular mound villages. (Mogaznews)

However, the full extent of the constructions, their layouts and their organisation across the region had been obscured by the dense forest until now. (Mogaznews)

The new findings indicate that these populations had highly defined social and architectural models for how they organised their communities.  (Mogaznews)




Categories: Archaeology

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