From Creation Evolution Headlines’s Amazonia Supported a Cosmopolitian Civilization:
Today’s naked, spear-hunting tribes in the jungles of the Amazon live in the shadow of a complex society that once thrived there. By increasing their scope from the single site to the wider region, archaeologists from Florida and Brazil have discovered a cosmopolitan culture that left large earthworks and evidence of complex urban societies. Their work was published in Science.
The early Amazonians had extensive agriculture, growing crops on large raised mounds of soil. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people must have been involved in sustaining their systems. They built canals straight as an arrow for up to 7 km. They built causeways to adjust to annual floods. One researcher said that early evidence “shows a few key forest islands in control of a vast network of communication and interaction covering 550 square kilometers: as large as many early states.”
The function of some structures is not clear, but the implications are: till now, archaeologists had missed a major complex society that existed from about 1000 BC to the time of the conquistadors.
Rioja added a comment that says more about educated archaeologists than their supposed primitive subjects: “The idea is that the tribes in the lowlands were living like animals in the wild,” Rioja says. “When you tell them that there were great, important civilizations here in the western Amazon, they don’t believe it. But it’s true.”
It reminds me of the Droyne, who are a mere shadow of what the Ancient Empire was.
But it doesn’t have to be the Droyne: it’s quite likely that you could take any people, however lowly and impoverished they are today, and if you go back far enough, you can find their time of glory.
A warning for us as well, in the real world: as there is no historical law, that all civilizations must fall. There is always a choice.