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UF Anthropologist’s Research Featured on The History Channel April 24

Article Originally published in the April 2006 issue of CLASnotes.

UF Associate Professor of Anthropology Michael Heckenberger in featured in an upcoming episode of The History Channel’s popular series Digging for the Truth. Heckenberger accompanied the entire filming of the episode “Lost Cities of the Amazon,” which will air on Monday, April 24 at 9 pm. The episode focuses on his research in various parts of the Amazon, specifically the research that he directs in the Upper Xingu region in Brazil that debunks the views of small primitive tribes living unchanged in virgin tropical forest. Instead the UF research demonstrates a large, vibrant population that had a productive agricultural and fishing economy, complex settlement patterns and technology, including major roads that linked towns and village into integrated clusters. Over the centuries leading up to 1492, the native Amazonians had transformed the tropical forest into complex, managed landscapes that included a patchy mosaic of forest, parkland, agricultural production areas, and managed wetlands. Visit the Digging for the Truth website for more information.

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