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Beyond Machu Picchu: Secrets of the Amazonian 'Rome'


The discovery of the Americas' long-lost 'Rome'


By Eliot Stein


Archaeologists have shattered historical misconceptions with the revelation of an ancient urban network buried deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, challenging the narrative shaped by colonial chroniclers. Led by Stéphen Rostain, the team utilized airborne laser-scanning technology to uncover a vast expanse of cities, complete with plazas, ceremonial sites, and an advanced road network dating back 2,500 years. More than just an archaeological marvel, this 'Amazonian Rome' suggests a highly organized society, possibly housing up to 30,000 people. Rostain's decades-long quest unveils a pre-Columbian civilization, sparking awe and redefining the history of the world's largest rainforest.

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