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Peru Holds Oldest New World City

1:03pm, April 25, 2001

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

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