shows an example of a ring village
from Southern Brazil, described by Irmhild WüstandChristiana Barreto, in an article in Latin American Antiquity *.
Many of the earthworks are about 100 to 200 yards across, and several dozen of
them are described and mapped. In the article they call on Amazonian archaeologists
to investigate the distribution of this kind of occupation across the Amazon, the
role such rings might have played in the pre-Columbian past, and their
relationship to the ethnographic record. Many archaeologists have taken up this
challenge, both in Brazil and Bolivia. As the rainforest is cleared, more and
more of these landscape features become visible from satellite imagery.
Irmheld and Cristiana Barreto, 1999, The Ring Villages of Central Brazil: A
Challenge for Amazonian Archaeology, Latin American Antiquity