Thursday, May 18, 2006

:: spacey :: Oldest Americas Observatory in Peru

+ from National Geographic:
The oldest astronomical observatory in the Western Hemisphere has been discovered on a hillside a few miles north of Lima, Peru, archaeologists recently reported.

Researchers also found ornate carvings more sophisticated than any before seen in the region.

The site dates back 4,200 years—800 years before such artistic and scientific skill was previously known to have existed in the Americas.

The find was part of an ancient temple built by an unnamed civilization from Peru's "pre-ceramic" period, which predated the better-known Inca culture by thousands of years.

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