Caral, the Americas' oldest archaeological site

Located In the Supe Valley, just 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Lima, and 19 miles (30 km) inland, is the greatest of 20 remnants of the oldest known civilization in the Americas, a 150-acre (607-hectare) UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of temple mounds, sunken plazas and the remnants of spectacular stone structures on an arid plateau. First uncovered in 1948, its true import wasn't discovered till 1994, several years later it was carbon-dated back to 5,000 years ago - around the time of ancient Egypt, and far earlier than any previous known civilization in the Americas (up till then, the Olmecs of Mesoamerica). 

Read more about it in my post Caral, the Americas' Oldest Archaeological Site.



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