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Roads and erosion threaten an ancient Amazon civilization

Roads and erosion threaten an ancient Amazon civilization

The jungle protected them for centuries, but road construction, erosion and agricultural work are endangering the hills of a colossal 2,500-year-old Amazonian civilization in eastern Ecuador.

Covering an area of ​​300 km2 in the Upano Valley, in the south of the Amazon, there is a “lost city” found in 1978 that includes ancient settlements in the jungle region, varying in size and connected by roads.

“They were assumed to be natural (structures) and were cut down to build roads. “So there is an urgent need (…) for a protection plan, not just for research purposes,” said the Spanish Alejandra Sánchez, who has been researching this heritage for a decade.

With the help of a government project in 2015, she and other archaeologists used information provided by sophisticated technology to identify about 7,400 mounds shaped like L, T, U, square, rectangular and oval.

But when the archaeologist from the University of Valladolid visited the area years ago, she found that some of these earth giants had succumbed to the power of modern machines: “They were damaged by the passage of roads.”

Mountain massifs up to four meters high and around 20 meters long are also at risk due to erosion, deforestation and agriculture. “They are very easily destroyed by the rain, the wind, the plows, etc.,” explains Sánchez.

Furthermore, the Upano River, the cradle of the indigenous culture of the same name, is a victim of relentless illegal mining activities. AFP

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