The vast Amazon rainforest in Ecuador has been home to an unknown culture for over 2,500 years. Recent laser scanning has revealed the extent of their ruins, including settlement centers and roads that were mapped from the air. These discoveries suggest that large, open-plan “garden cities” existed with tens of thousands of people living in them.
A study conducted in 2015 published in Science has brought attention to these ruins, revealing their similarities to the Mayan cities in Central America. However, the objects found in the Upano valley have been dated to more than 1,500 years old, indicating that the cities were abandoned before the arrival of Europeans. Possible reasons for abandonment include volcanic eruptions as deposits of volcanic ash were found in the area.
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