Video: Lost cities of the Amazon
This one hour History Channel documentary takes viewers on a journey along the Amazon River to see the ruins of several “lost” Amazonian civilizations. In the middle (Brazil) and upper Amazon Basin (Brazil, Peru and Ecuador) one finds peoples using basic words that can be found in the Muskogean languages. Several ethnic groups in the Amazon either use the suffix “curu/curo” or “gi/ki” for people.
The film’s host visits a village of the Cuicuru People. There was a town and province at present day Midway, GA, which was named Taki-cuicuro. This is also the only region in the Americas, which contains pottery older than that along the Lower Savannah River.
In eastern Peru, southeastern Ecuador and the western edge of Brazil are geometric earthworks, identical to those created by the Hopewell Culture in southeastern Ohio, but older. I strongly suspect that Amazonians were the progenitors of the Hopewell Culture. This program does not examine the geometric earthworks, but does show you some of the mounds built by the civilizations in the Amazon Basin.
This is an excellent documentary for laymen, which was filmed just before the secrets of terra preta (biochar soil) were figured out. Over the past five years, using biochar techniques, I have successfully converted sterile, acidic soil on a steep slope at the southern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains into the most productive garden that I have ever owned. My tomato plants are seven feet tall and six feet in diameter . . . and still growing!
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