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The Amazon—Civilization Lost in the Jungle

Lecture no. 13 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America

The Amazon—Civilization Lost in the Jungle

Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Recent discoveries indicate the presence of massive ancient civilizations in the Amazon. Survey the evidence, starting with the Beni region’s elaborate systems of mounds, causeways, and canals. Continue with the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon, noting wide areas of human-enriched soil, towns ringed by moats, geoglyphs, and pottery dating to 6000 B.C.


November 30, 2015
Another fascinating lecture from this Professor as we plunge into the Amazon. I never knew that you would have a Venice in the jungle in some parts of the Amazon and moat and palisade protected cities in other parts. This definitely makes me wonder what happened from the time of the Spanish explorers about 500 years ago until now. Somehow as civilization grew in some parts of the Americas it seems to have expired in this part.