Scholars find ancient canals at water park site

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Scholars have unearthed a section of an ancient canal system while conducting an archaeological and cultural study tied to the planned development of a massive water park in Mesa.

The canals, which were developed by the Hohokam people, can’t be seen with the naked eye.

“Through satellite imagery, sometimes we can actually see the canals, kind of a signature of them,” said Jerry B. Howard, curator of anthropology at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. “The soil in them is different than the other soil around them _ more porous and moist _ still conducting water, if you will.”

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