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Kuhikugu

    '''Kuhikugu''' is an archaeological site located in Brazil at the headwaters of the Xingu River in the Amazon Rainforest The area around Kuhikugu is located in is part of the Xingu National Park today
    Kuhikugu was first uncovered by an anthropologist named Michael Heckenberger working alongside the local Kuikuro people who are likely the descendants of the original inhabitants of Kuhikugu The name refers to an archaeological site including twenty towns and villages spread out over an area of around 7700 square miles where close to 50000 people may have once lived Kuhikugu was likely inhabited from a period of time around 1500 years ago to a time as recently as 400 years ago when the people living there were likely killed by diseases brought over by European colonists
    Large defensive ditches and palisades were built around some of the communities at Kuhikugu Large plazas also exist at some of the towns throughout the region some around 490 feet across Many of the communities at Kuhikugu were linked with roads which bridged some rivers along their paths and with canoe canals running alongside some of the roads Fields of manioc or possibly cassava may have existed around the communities at Kuhikugu suggesting that the people there were farmers Dams and ponds which appear to have been constructed in the area also suggest that the inhabitants of Kuhikugu may have been involved with fish farming which is still practiced by some of their modern day Kuikuro descendants
    There is a possibility that legends regarding Kuhikugu may have influenced the British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett to go on his ill-fated last expedition in 1925 looking through the Amazon rainforest for what he called City Z This idea is given credence by the fact that Colonel Fawcett was exploring in the area in which Kuhikugu was eventually discovered

    External Links

    1) http://wwwscientificamericancom/articlecfm?id=lost-amazon-cities2) http://newsmongabaycom/2008/0828-heckenbergerhtml