Urban scaling: a mathematical phenomenon that seems to have happened in the ancient cities just as much as it happens today in the grand metropolis worldwide and the capitals all over the planet. Even if the local dynamics change constantly, some things remain the same and even conserve themselves without anyone knowing it and without leaving a single mark about how it used to be. A certain research has been made on the issue and it has found that in terms of size and density, the ancient cities were as much populated as they are today. Also, the character of those who lived in the ancient cities is not very different from those who live in them today.
La Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder have gathered all their researchers in order to put together all the information and create a veritable and useful report. The main purpose that they gave is finding whether the old settlements are functional or not and if the current and ancient cities are similar in nature.
Scott Ortman, Researcher at Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder has researched and analyzed a surveyed data of ancient cities, settlements, temples and houses in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic Basin and he says that:
“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.”
Also, he added that the findings have been amazing and unbelievable for him and the team, saying that even if the world today is very different from it has been in the past because of capitalism, industrialization and democracy. In addition, the way his generation has been raised is not very similar to how the adolescents and children are raised today.
“ What we found here is that the fundamental drivers of robust socioeconomic patterns in modern cities precede all that.”
Another observation that Mr. Ortman has made was that the population grew along with the number of monuments that were being created and also when private wealth was becoming something more and more easy to find.
All of the elements of the study have been published on the 20th of February in the PLOS ONE Journal.
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