‘Uninhabited’ Amazon may have been home to a million people

Areas of the Amazon previously thought to be uninhabited may have been home to up to a million people in the centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived, new archaeological research has found. Scientists from Britain and Brazil uncovered evidence of hundreds of fortified villages in the rainforest away from the major rivers -- areas long thought untouched by human civilisation before Europeans arrived in the late 15th century. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, follows the discovery of extensive earthworks and fortifications in another region of Brazil, bordering on Peru. Researchers now believe such pre-Columbian habitations could stretch over an area as wide as 400,000 square kilometres, and may have been

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