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New Peruvian Finds at Huaca Prieta Reveal Complex Society

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Active in the Westbury, NY, community, Valerie Varnuska enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and stargazing in her free time. Valerie Varnuska also has a strong interest in the various disciplines of science such as anthropology, paleontology, and archaeology.

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New Peruvian Finds at Huaca Prieta Reveal Complex Society

  1. 1. Valerie Varnuska
  2. 2.  Active in the Westbury, NY, community, Valerie Varnuska enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and stargazing in her free time. Valerie Varnuska also has a strong interest in the various disciplines of science such as anthropology, paleontology, and archaeology. A recent archaeological discovery focused on Huaca Prieta, which is situated on Peru's Pacific Coast and was home to South America's largest and oldest pyramids. Between 2007 and 2013, dozens of artifacts were excavated, ranging from woven baskets to tools used for fishing. The findings suggest that the early humans in the area had more advanced technologies than previously thought and had advanced social networks in place. The maritime economy included fishing in the deep-sea for herring and they also grew a number of crops, including avocado, chilies, and medicinal plants.The elaborate baskets and textiles found indicate that the civilization had an organized, standardized process of manufacturing in place. This, in turn, suggests complex social relationships at play.

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