Deep in the Jungle

3 Dec 2010

This story keeps popping up from different sources and it looks like there are a number of archaeological explorations of the Brazilian rainforest going on concurrently. At www.archnews.co.uk/world-archaeology/american-archaeology/3860 on November 21st, or go to the web site and look at the news archive, some 90 settlements in the Brazilian jungle have been found by a joint Swedish-Brazilian team - and nowhere near a river. They appear to have constructed their own reservoirs. This is in fact in keeping with what early Spanish accounts say as they describe the Amazon basin as heavily populated. Now, archaeologist have found areas of 'dark earth' in the jungle where were created by human activity and the growing of crops, and the implication is that a lot of people were living in what later reverted back to rainforest.