A new research has found that the ancient cities were similar to their modern days counterparts as far as bigger and denser settlements of their inhabitants are concerned.
The researchers explain as the modern cities have large populations as well as density, these significant characteristics were also exhibited by the ancient settlements.
The study was conducted by the researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder. The researchers began the study in order to find out whether the age-old cities and today’s settlements function in similar ways.
Scott Ortman, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder, who was one the researchers, analyzed a surveyed data of ancient cities, settlements, temples and houses in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic Basin.
The researcher group analyzed the structures’ dimensions in order to estimate the rates of the construction of the monuments, the household productivity and the populations and densities prevailed in ancient settlements.
The findings showed that the age-old settlements having high population were more productive. Similarly, they found that the rate at which the productivity rose was the same as in the modern cities.
“It was amazing and unbelievable. We’ve been raised on a steady diet telling us that, thanks to capitalism, industrialization, and democracy, the modern world is radically different from worlds of the past. What we found here is that the fundamental drivers of robust socioeconomic patterns in modern cities precede all that, “Ortman said.
It was also observed that as population in old cities grew, the rate at which the monuments were produced also rose. The same growth pattern was witnessed in private wealth.
Some of the robust patterns that were observed in modern urban system were taken from processes of ancient human societies, according to the findings of the study.
In the research paper, the study group said, “Our findings indicate the fundamental processes behind the emergence of scaling in modern cities have structured human settlement organization throughout human history, and that contemporary urban systems are best-conceived as lying on a continuum with the smaller-scale settlement systems known from historical and archaeological research.”
The findings of the study were published on February 20 in the journal PLOS ONE.