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'Lost towns' discovered in Amazon

Date : 29th August 2008, Source : BBC Link to News Story



A remote area of the Amazon river basin was once home to densely populated towns, Science journal reports. The Upper Xingu, in west Brazil, was once thought to be virgin forest, but in fact shows traces of extensive human activity. Researchers found evidence of a grid-like pattern of settlements connected by road networks and arranged around large central plazas. There are signs of farming, wetland management, and possibly fish farms. The settlements are now almost completely overgrown by rainforest.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7586860.stm





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