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    Posted: 28-Jun-2006 at 06:23
Bosnian Pyramids, and now a new Stonehenge!
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Brazilian archaeologists have found an ancient stone structure in a remote corner of the Amazon that may cast new light on the region's past.

The site, thought to be an observatory or place of worship, pre-dates European colonisation and is said to suggest a sophisticated knowledge of astronomy.

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This doesn't suprise me. Large areas of Amazonian soil has been modified by a unique kind of compost called Terra Preta, also the stands of wild nut trees seem to have originally been managed to a great extent. One theory is that the Amazon was inhabited by a "proto-civilizational" society (one near civilization status but not quite there, the Celts and the Mound Builders of North America are other examples of "proto-civilizations") that was distroyed by Eurasian diseases. By the time Europeans had penetrated the Amazon far enough, the society had collapsed.
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Originally posted by Odin

This doesn't suprise me. Large areas of Amazonian soil has been modified by a unique kind of compost called Terra Preta, also the stands of wild nut trees seem to have originally been managed to a great extent. One theory is that the Amazon was inhabited by a "proto-civilizational" society (one near civilization status but not quite there, the Celts and the Mound Builders of North America are other examples of "proto-civilizations") that was distroyed by Eurasian diseases. By the time Europeans had penetrated the Amazon far enough, the society had collapsed.
 
These Amazonian cultures weren't wiped out by european conquerers. They disapeared before that. Like the Mayans they vanished long before the portuguese ships arrived on the coast of Brazil.
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  Quote Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Aug-2006 at 07:23
That it may have been made to point out the winter solstice is quite interesting because it's generally believed by modern archaeology that the real purpose of Stonehenge was to do this too.
 
Though any claims of transatlantic travel by ancinet Britons is not likely being as it's 2-3,000 years younger than stonehenge and the British had long stopped building them by then.
 
 
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  Quote red clay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Aug-2006 at 08:20
Originally posted by Paul

That it may have been made to point out the winter solstice is quite interesting because it's generally believed by modern archaeology that the real purpose of Stonehenge was to do this too.
 
Though any claims of transatlantic travel by ancinet Britons is not likely being as it's 2-3,000 years younger than stonehenge and the British had long stopped building them by then.
 
 
 
 
you mis read the article, it's thought to have been erected between 3000, and 1600 bce, that would place it within the megalithic era, and also, it would have been possible that influence came from some othe region, not only Briton.
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  Quote Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Aug-2006 at 12:03
It's a badly written BBC article,
 
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It is not yet known when the structure was built, but fragments of indigenous pottery found at the site are thought to be 2,000 years old.

What impressed researchers was the sophistication of the construction.

The stones appear to have been laid out to help pinpoint the winter solstice, when the sun is at its lowest in the sky.

It is thought the ancient people of the Amazon used the stars and phases of the moon to determine crop cycles.

Although the discovery at Amapa is being compared to Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle in southern England, the English site is considerably older.

It is thought to have been erected some time between 3000 and 1600 BC.[\quote] 

 
The 3000 and 1600 bc reference is to Stonehenge, but shoudn't be in a new paragraph.


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  Quote red clay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Aug-2006 at 14:12
sorry paul, that is laid out in a confusing manner, I mis read the article.Embarrassed 
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