EXHIBIT: Living the High Life in the Andes

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Science  13 Aug 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5686, pp. 925
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5686.925a

Last month, archaeologists burrowing into the lofty citadel of Cerro Baúl in southwestern Peru discovered what may be the world's earliest mass-production brewery (Science, 6 August, p. 774). Click on this site from the Field Museum in Chicago to tour the 1400-year-old city's ruins and examine the jars, pins, and other artifacts unearthed by recent expeditions to the site. Crowning a 2400-meter-high mesa, Cerro Baúl, built by the Wari empire, predates the Incas' famous mountaintop redoubt Machu Picchu by nearly 1000 years. Interactive maps let you wander the remains of impressive public buildings, tony apartments for the rich, and cramped laborers' quarters. (The temple annex above contained the ruins of a Wari lord's tomb.) The Cerro Baúl dig is just one of the museum's well-done Web expeditions chronicling scientists' field trips. For example, you can follow the fortunes of 13 pairs of peregrine falcons that nested in the Chicago area this year. Or take a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to uncover pre-Aztec ruins.


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