New model predicts pre-Columbian settlement locations in the Amazon

Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Admin

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A researched from the Florida Institute of Technology has developed a new model that predicts the locations of pre-Columbian settlements in the Amazonian rainforest.

Look around the Amazon rainforest today and it’s hard to imagine it filled with people. But in recent decades, archaeologists have started to find evidence that before Columbus’s arrival, the region was dotted with towns and perhaps even cities. The extent of human settlement in the Amazon remains hotly debated, partly because huge swaths of the 6-million-square-kilometer rainforest remain unstudied by archaeologists. Now, researchers have built a model predicting where signs of pre-Columbian agriculture are most likely to be found, a tool they hope will help guide future archaeological work in the region.

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Story: ScienceNow | Photo: Crystal McMichael

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