Study Reveals Common Development Pattern in Ancient and Modern Cities

February 23, 2015 6:31 AM

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Data obtained from the surveys of ancient settlements, houses and temples of pre-Hispanic Basin of Mexico were analyzed by Scott Ortman from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder and colleagues. The structural dimensions were also examined to estimate household productivity, the speed of monuments construction and population and densities of ancient settlements.

The analysis revealed that ancient settlements which were more populous were also more productive. The rate of increase in productivity was also found to be similar to modern cities. Ortman said “It was amazing and unbelievable. We’ve been raised on a steady diet telling us that, thanks to capitalis...

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