Sunday, December 17, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Amazon earthworks predate the rainforest


Posted on Monday, 14 July, 2014 | Comment icon 8 comments

The Amazon river running through the forest. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 CIAT
Man-made ditches found across the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon remain something of a mystery.
The ditches, which are either straight, square or ring-shaped, indicate that humans had been engaging in major earthwork projects across the Amazon long before Europeans arrived in South America.

"People have been affecting the global climate system through land use for not just the past 200 to 300 years, but for thousands of years," said study author John Francis Carson.

For a long time it was believed that the indigenous people had used the forest's resources sparingly, cutting down only the trees that they needed before moving on to let the forest grow back.

The discovery of major earthworks however has opened up the possibility that these pre-Columbian people may have been conducting large scale slash-and-burn operations for several centuries before Columbus had arrived in the Americas.

It isn't clear exactly what the purpose of these earthworks would have been however the most likely explanation is that they were either for defense, drainage or for ceremonial practices.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (8)

Tags: Amazon, Rainforest

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 14 July, 2014, 15:57
The Amazon basin had a population comparable to Peru in pre columbian times. You can tell where villages and towns once stood from the rich black soil the Indians created and nurtured. This is in contrast to the rest of the forest floor which is nutrient poor.
Comment icon #2 Posted by seeder on 14 July, 2014, 16:23
Already posted http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=268932&hl=
Comment icon #3 Posted by qxcontinuum on 15 July, 2014, 3:11
It is known that many indigenous populations like maya have dissapeared . It is believed they modified their landscape including cutting trees to such extend that were left inprotected and killed by wild animals to the disparitions.
Comment icon #4 Posted by stevemagegod on 15 July, 2014, 3:14
interesting. The Forest is so big i can barerly wrap my mind around it. It would suck to get lost in it though.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Silent Trinity on 15 July, 2014, 9:35
Interesting article. I think it is clear that we don't fully appreciate the length of our history on this planet. Of course much of that is due to historical evidence existing from more recent ages more abundantly, and not much beyond 'uniform' earthworks existing from our most ancient ancestors to indicate our presence in this case. It does seem consistent with the activities the article suggests and it is most likely not natural as after all, nature abhors uniformity, I suppose this touches upon the Intelligent Design Movement and the fact that if they see a straight line out there in the un... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by magikgoddess on 17 July, 2014, 0:25
Interesting article, thanks for the link. I can't help but wonder what else they'll discover as the deforestation of the rain forest continues...
Comment icon #7 Posted by OverSword on 19 July, 2014, 0:39
Annoyingly, no photographs.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hawkin on 25 July, 2014, 22:28
It would seem that advanced civilizations existed long before the ones we know about. The history books may have to be rewritten. Time will tell.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6056810
259837
171735

 
Rare rhino has been endangered for 9,000 years
12-17-2017
There are now fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left on Earth, but exactly who or what is responsible ?
Footage of US nuclear tests published online
12-16-2017
The 62 newly declassified videos show nuclear bomb experiments being conducted between 1945 and 1962.
'Extinct' mammal found alive in Australia
12-16-2017
The crest-tailed mulgara - a small carnivorous marsupial - was thought to have died out a century ago.
Glowing trees could replace street lights
12-16-2017
By embedding nanoparticles in leaves, scientists at MIT have created plants that glow in the dark.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Slow motion wrecking ball
Posted 12-16-2017 | 1 comment
The Slo Mo Guys record the destruction of a vehicle using a 9000lb wrecking ball.
 
Einstein's brain
Posted 12-13-2017 | 0 comments
After he died, legendary physicist Albert Einstein's brain was preserved for study.
 
Is happiness contagious ?
Posted 12-12-2017 | 0 comments
Is it possible to become happy by hanging out with other people who are happy ?
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Mysterious Headlights
12-10-2017 | Morgan County, Alabama
 
Possibly a child ghost
12-10-2017 | Edgewater, Maryland
 
True story about black-eyed kids
12-10-2017 | Portland oregon
 
Alien or paranormal encounter ?
12-10-2017 | United States
 
Ouija board experience
12-10-2017 | Ohio
 
Strange occurrences
11-15-2017 | Fife
 
Mysterious music box song
11-15-2017 | U.S.A
 
Haunted military house
10-23-2017 | New Zealand
 
Sleep paralysis or real encounter?
10-18-2017 | United Kingdom
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ