An ancient city has been unearthed in A groundbreaking archaeological discovery in the Amazon.
The city has been hidden for thousands of years under dense vegetation.
Located in the Upano area of eastern Ecuador it dates back around 2,500 years and was inhabited for up to 1,000 years. Its existence challenges previous beliefs about the Amazon, where it was thought that people lived nomadically or in small settlements.
Contrary to the common perception of Amazonian cultures as small, primitive groups, this discovery reveals a sophisticated urban society with complex structures. Researchers believe it appears to be larger and possibly more complex than well-known civilizations like the Mayans.
The city features about 6,000 rectangular platforms, arranged around plazas, connected by an extensive network of roads and canals. These platforms, believed to be homes and ceremonial sites, demonstrate advanced architectural planning.
While exact numbers are unclear, estimates suggest the city’s population was in the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands.
Archaeologists utilized LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, which helped identify the city’s remains beneath the dense vegetation.
The discovery has prompted a reevaluation of the history and culture of people in the Amazon, indicating a more advanced civilization than previously thought. This comprehensive survey, which follows initial evidence found in the 1970s, is the result of 25 years of research.
Artifacts suggest the inhabitants focused on agriculture, cultivating maize and sweet potatoes, and possibly brewing a type of sweet beer. Despite initial skepticism, persistent research led to this significant discovery, challenging long-standing beliefs about ancient Amazonian civilizations.