The Lost Pyramids Of Caral


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The Lost Pyramids Of Caral
The magnificent ancient city of pyramids at Caral in Peru hit the headlines in 2001. The site is a thousand years older than the earliest known civilisation in the Americas and, at 2,627 BC, is as old as the pyramids of Egypt. Many now believe it is the fabled missing link of archaeology - a 'mother city'.
Caral: the oldest town in the New World
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Caral is located 14 miles inland from Aspero. Even though Caral was discovered in 1905, it was quickly forgotten as the site rendered no gold or even ceramics. It required the arrival of Ruth Shady Solis in Caral in 1994 before a genuine paradigm shift would occur. She is a member of the Archaeological Museum of the National University of San Marcos in Lima. Since 1996, she has co-operated with Jonathan Haas, of the American Field Museum. Together, they have found a 150-acre array of earthworks, which includes six large platform mounds, one twenty metres high and more than one hundred on a side. But Shady Solis did not make the same mistake Willey had made: she felt that the “pyramids” were just that: they were not natural hills, as some of her predecessor had catalogued the structures of Caral. Her subsequent research led to the announcement, in the magazine Science on April 27, 2001, of the carbon dating of the site, which revealed that Caral had been founded before 2600 BC. The "impossible" carbondating results of Aspero now seemed more likely... and Caral had become the oldest city in the "New" World, older than the Gizeh pyramids. [/SIZE][/FONT]
The theory for civilization which has dominated for some time is that warfare drove people to build cities.
But in this oldest yet found city, there is an absence of the implements of war.
No fortifications, no weapons.
But they did find remains of coca use and aphrodisiac plants.
The driving force behind the building of this city seemed to be trade.
Fibre was grown to make nets which was traded with the coastal peoples for fish and so on.
Seemed to be fairly idyllic.
I believe the people of Caral should properly be categorized as a prehistoric culture, not a civlization.