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Video: Lost cities of the Amazon

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.

Terra preta soil 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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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    The video does not seem to be here Richard.

    • Hey Rita

      The link is working fine on my computer. The problem might be related to your physical location. Try going directly to the website. YouTube . . . Digging for the Truth Collection Lost Cities of the Amazon.


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