Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today


Our colleague, the archaeologist Santiago Rivas, recently made a remarkable discovery.

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On a small plateau above the outskirts of Iquitos, a town in the northern Peruvian Amazon, he found a layer in the soil which contained small pieces of ceramic pottery, that were around 1,800-years-old.

Levd 1aDigging deeper, he found another layer of soil, this time containing pottery that was about 2,500 years old.

This is the archaeological site at Quistococha which has been occupied for at least the past 3,000 years.

The pottery fragments…

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