New York City is the Big Apple. New Orleans is the Big Easy. Now, make way for
Caral, an ancient Peruvian city that qualifies as the Big Mound.
Six huge, mound-shaped ceremonial platforms at Caral date from 4,000 years ago, an
archaeological team reports in the April 27 Science. That makes the site, located
in the Supe Valley about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the oldest-known urban
center in the Americas.
Moreover, preliminary evidence indicates that at least 2 of 17 other comparably
sized archaeological sites in the Supe Valley flourished at the same time that