Ancient Cities Grew Like Modern Cities, New Study Suggests

February 21, 2015 2:59 PM

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Theoretical scientists behind a new study published yesterday in the journal Science Advances found that diverse ancient settlements generally exhibit the same increasing returns of urban scaling observed in modern cities or in other words: history repeats itself.

As ancient cities grew in population, so did the rate at which they were able to produce monuments. Bettencourt, one of the researchers behind the new study, indicated that what’s interesting about this “is that it expresses exactly the same as GDP” and that the same is true for private wealth.

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