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What Can Ancient Farmers Teach Us About Saving The Amazon?
2012-04-10 10:52:12

For the better part of the last half-century, the Amazonian forests have been plagued by deforestation from human farming activities, and now, new research suggests that farming without the use of fire, like the indigenous populations did in the Pre-Columbian times, could be the key ingredient in feeding people and managing sustainable land in the Amazon and other regions threatened by deforestation. For hundreds of years before Columbus arrived in Central America, indigenous cultures...

2011-02-04 00:59:34

A new, detailed record of rainfall fluctuations in ancient Mexico that spans more than twelve centuries promises to improve our understanding of the role drought played in the rise and fall of pre-Hispanic civilizations. Prior evidence has indicated that droughts could have been key factors in the fates of major cultures in ancient Mexico and Central America (Mesoamerica). But there have been many gaps in the paleoclimate record, such as the exact timing and geographic extension of some...

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2010-07-23 10:10:00

Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be an ancient ceremonial ground that was used for human sacrifices by members of a Pre-Columbian civilization, according to a Thursday report by Emily Schmall of Reuters. "There was a great ceremonial hall or passage integrated into the rest of the architecture that establishes the presence of certain figures of the Moche elite and also the practice of complex rituals such as human sacrifice," Carlos Wester La Torre, director of the Bruning...

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2007-03-12 09:45:00

CHICAGO -- Aztec. Incan. Mayan. They're the most widely recognized ancient cultures of North, South and Central America, according to visitors surveyed by The Field Museum. But a new exhibit called "The Ancient Americas" shows that the Western Hemisphere was home to hundreds of diverse societies established long before European explorers arrived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The hunter-gatherers of the Clovis society of North America perfected a spear 13,000 years ago that could...

2005-08-01 16:50:45

MADISON - Clearing -- or perhaps roiling -- the murky and often contentious waters of Mesoamerican archeology, a study of 3,000-year-old pottery provides new evidence that the Olmec may not have been the mother culture after all. Writing this week (Aug. 1, 2005) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of scientists led by University of Wisconsin-Madison archeologist James B. Stoltman presents new evidence that shows the Olmec, widely regarded as the creators of...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.