Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Amazon Earthworks

In more evidence that the Amazon rainforest is not, in fact, pristine wilderness, archaeologists have mapped over 450 ancient earthworks. These earthworks, which resemble ones found in Europe, appear to have been ritual sites - although as we all should know by now "ritual purposes" is often archaeology for "We have no clue." Most of these sites are under "mature" rainforest.

(Not saying we aren't screwing up the rainforest, but we're screwing up something delicately managed by indigenous people for centuries).