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NOVA: Ancient Builders of the Amazon
Archaeological discoveries reveal traces of ancient civilizations in the Amazon
Who lived in the ancient Amazon? What was life like for them? NOVA and a team of archaeologists set out to answer these questions and more in Ancient Builders of the Amazon.
Recent and important archeological finds are exploding the myth of the Amazon as a primeval wilderness, revealing traces of ancient civilizations that flourished there for centuries.
Dense settlements and structures indicate urban complexes with populations in the millions. These ancient societies were supported by sophisticated agricultural systems, while huge geometric earthworks and roadways give evidence to complex religious ideas and intricate social networks.
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