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Oldest Civilization in the Americas Revealed

Science  07 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5706, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5706.34

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BARRANCA, PERU-- Almost 5000 years ago, ancient Peruvians built monumental temples and pyramids in dry valleys near the coast, showing that urban society in the Americas is as old as the most ancient civilizations of the Old World.