Chilean desert cemetery tells tale of ancient trade specialists

Contrary to previous theories, powerful Tiwanaku empire did not rule there

TRADER’S CUP  An ancient desert cemetery in Chile contains members of an elite group of locals and outsiders who handled the distribution of goods from a regional trading network, a new study suggests. One of these trade specialists, a foreigner, was buried with these gold drinking vessels, one decorated with a human face.

C. Torres-Rouff

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