Quantcast

Latest Ruth Shady Stories

5be30c15f2ab04c926b020129a5d33d11
2009-01-20 15:12:55

Researchers say that nature lashed out against civilization 3,600 years ago, by using earthquakes and floods, followed by blowing sand, which drove away residents of an area that is now in Peru. "This maritime farming community had been successful for over 2,000 years, they had no incentive to change, and then all of a sudden, boom, they just got the props knocked out from under them," anthropologist Mike Moseley of the University of Florida said in a statement. Moseley and other colleagues...

f15cd1bbccbda8a015cad2adaa695d4d1
2008-02-27 00:25:00

German and Peruvian archaeologists claim they have uncovered the oldest known monument in Peru, adding further proof of an advanced civilization in Peru at the same time as what is now the Middle East and South Asia.The 5,500-year-old ceremonial plaza was discovered near Peru's north-central coast by a team led by Peter Fuchs, a German archaeologist. Built of stone and adobe, the plaza was found in Andes foothills, 206 miles northwest of Lima. Fuchs said carbon dating of material from the...

2006-01-04 07:33:51

LIMA, Peru -- In the Peru's Andean foothills, a group of archaeologists say they have found remnants of the oldest known irrigation canals in South America, which they hope will provide clues to the origin of the region's agriculturally based societies. "There are four sites in the area that have canals that date minimally 5,300 years ago, maybe a little earlier," team leader Tom D. Dillehay, an archaeologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, told The Associated Press....


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'