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The Painted Forest Book
With an initiative funded by UKRI Translational Funds -Open Innovation Platform we have written and donated 250 books for the Vereda de Cerro Azul community in Guaviare.
Catch up with the Painted Forest talks
All of our rock art symposium presentations are now available on the ICANH website.
Urbanism in Amazonia
Glad to see the cover of Nature illustrated with our lidar work revealing low density urbanism in the Llanos de Moxos.
It was voted some the of best stories of the year by Nature Briefing.
ERC Project of the Month
We are pleased that our finding in collaboration with our Colombian and European partners have been selected as the ERC project of the month.
Naturalness is in the eye of the beholder
New paper by Clement et al brings indigenous perspectives to re-examine what we conceive as natural in Amazonia.
Voices from the beginning
Watch international symposium of rock art.
When Europeans first encountered the Amazon rainforest they considered it pristine and the indigenous people who lived there as part of nature.
Brazil Amazon: Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia
Scientists are to scan the Amazon forest in Brazil to look for evidence of occupation by ancient civilisations.
Humans and the Amazon: A 13,000-Year Coexistence
University of Exeter archaeologist José Iriarte talks to Cynthia Graber about his efforts to understand human activity.
Rice so nice it was domesticated thrice
Amazonian variety apparently died off after European colonization.
Amazon Jungle Once Home to Millions More Than Previously Thought
Forget small nomadic tribes and pristine jungle: the southern Amazon was likely covered in a network of large villages and ceremonial centers before Columbus.
Satellites Reveal Ancient Civilization Beneath the Amazon Rainforest
Using satellite imagery to peer through the rainforest, archaeologists found evidence of ancient human communities buried in the Amazon Basin.
Lost villages from centuries ago found in the Amazon rainforest
It seems the southern periphery of the Amazon was home to a million people before 1500 AD – far more than assumed.
Humans living in Amazon 10,000 years ago cultivated plants, study finds
Findings from Bolivia show plants were domesticated in region shortly after last ice age.
Dark Earth in the Amazon
Beginning around 6,000 years ago, people living in the Amazon created fertile plots of land on which to grow food.