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Maize may have fueled ancient Andean civilization [ update of sorts ]
Science News ^ | Bruce Bower

Posted on 07/10/2009 5:32:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Prehistoric communities in one part of Peru's Andes Mountains may have gone from maize to amazingly complex. Bioarchaeologist Brian Finucane's analyses of human skeletons excavated in this region indicate that people living there 2,800 years ago regularly ate maize. This is the earliest evidence for maize as a staple food in the rugged terrain of highland Peru, he says. Maize agriculture stimulated ancient population growth in the Andes and allowed a complex society, the Wari, to develop, Finucane contends in the August Current Anthropology. Wari society included a central government and other elements of modern states. It lasted from around 1,300 to 950 years ago and predated other Andes civilizations, including the Inca.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; corn; dietandcuisine; godsgravesglyphs; huntergatherers; maize; wari
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1 posted on 07/10/2009 5:32:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/10/2009 5:32:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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3 posted on 07/10/2009 5:33:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

This is kinda like a “duh” thing, isn’t it???


4 posted on 07/10/2009 5:42:38 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv

This is kinda like a “duh” thing, isn’t it???


5 posted on 07/10/2009 5:42:39 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Kind of a mystery since the ancestral plant was virtually inedible. How did they see the potential? How did they know to breed it into something good?


6 posted on 07/10/2009 5:49:04 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sacajaweau

Yes, this is a job for [trumpet flourish] Captain Obvious! :’)


7 posted on 07/10/2009 5:50:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

BREAKING NEWS: This just in....

Water ingestion vital to ancient indigenous tribal survival!!!!


8 posted on 07/10/2009 5:59:39 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE crimes.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Andes and its early people have always fascinated me.

And pray tell, where did I first learn about them? No, not in publik skuul -- but in Donald Duck Comic Books!

9 posted on 07/10/2009 6:01:53 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Condor51

Donald Duck Comic Books!

Those were wonderful. Taught good lessons too.

http://www.freecannon.com/McDuckCapitalism.htm


10 posted on 07/10/2009 6:22:42 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SunkenCiv

This is quite odd. It is generally believed that maize was developed in Mesoamerica, and didn’t reach S. America till long afterwards.

Even when Pizarro showed up maize was mostly still a luxury food of the rich, not a staff of life for all.


11 posted on 07/10/2009 6:37:15 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles, reality wins all the wars)
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To: DManA

Interesting quote from Scourge’s creator (from the Wikipedia article on the subject)

“I think a lot of the philosophy in my stories is conservative—conservative in the sense that I feel our civilization peaked around 1910. Since then we’ve been going downhill. Much of the older culture had basic qualities that the new stuff we keep hatching can never match.

Look at the magnificent cathedrals and palaces that were built. Nobody can build that sort of thing nowadays. Also, I believe that we should preserve many old ideals and methods of working: honor, honesty, allowing other people to believe in their own ideas, not trying to force everyone into one form. The thing I have against the present political system is that it tries to make everybody exactly alike. We should have a million different patterns.

They say that wealthy people like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers are sinful because they accumulated fortunes by exploiting the poor. I feel that everybody should be able to rise as high as they can or want to, provided they don’t kill anybody or actually oppress other people on the way up. A little exploitation is something you come by in nature. We see it in the pecking order of animals—everybody has to be exploited or to exploit someone else to a certain extent. I don’t resent those things.”


12 posted on 07/10/2009 6:37:53 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Condor51

Well, I first learned of the candies at the grocery store.


13 posted on 07/10/2009 6:48:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: paulycy

Since they used “fueled”, I always figured it was Mountain Dew.


14 posted on 07/10/2009 6:49:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Sherman Logan
"This is quite odd. It is generally believed that maize was developed in Mesoamerica, and didn’t reach S. America till long afterwards."

FSU Anthropologist Finds Earliest Evidence Of Maize Farming In Mexico (7,300 YA)

15 posted on 07/10/2009 6:52:49 AM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
>>> Well, I first learned of the candies at the grocery store. <<<

What I still can't figure out is why Tibetan Monks are Llamas??

Like how did they get to Tibet, by Hairplane?

16 posted on 07/10/2009 7:14:15 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: SunkenCiv

Once their divine leader, Obamathewhelpa the First, decreed that their biofuel, cocaine, had to include a 30% mix of ethanol created from maize to reduce flatulence, their civilization was doomed.

The massive amounts of maize required to make up the required ethanol led to a reduction in the amount of maize available as foodstuff and starvation occurred in the cities as peasant farmers in the mountain outlands began to hide and hoard their maize for self-preservation.

Huge granary cities such as Macchu Pichu were built as granaries and farming centers oriented to the sun’s growing cycle. There is no other viable reason for these cities in the clouds.

In the cities, the population were willing to give up their gold to the small invading army of amazed Spaniards for only their promise to take away the power of The ONE. You can’t eat gold, they reasoned, and elected Sarapetl as their new leader.

I know all this is true because the voices told me so


17 posted on 07/10/2009 7:23:25 AM PDT by wildbill ( The reason you're so jealous is that the voices talk only to me.)
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To: Condor51

Not sure why. Alpaca bag and head for Tibet next week to investigate.


18 posted on 07/10/2009 7:42:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Condor51
*GROAN*
19 posted on 07/10/2009 9:14:43 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 171 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: SunkenCiv

STOPIT!


20 posted on 07/10/2009 9:15:39 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 171 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void; SunkenCiv
*GROAN*

Not to worry, I'm done. I surrender to SunkenCiv

21 posted on 07/10/2009 9:18:17 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: SunkenCiv

a-MAIZE-ing!


22 posted on 07/10/2009 9:22:52 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (It is impossible to convince someone of facts or truth if they don't want to believe it.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Ears to you for daring to make that one.


23 posted on 07/10/2009 9:35:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: null and void

I kernal ly imagine why you’d want me to stop.


24 posted on 07/10/2009 9:36:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: wildbill

If you wanna hang out you’ve got to take her out.


25 posted on 07/10/2009 9:36:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Sherman Logan

http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/corn.php

“...so far the oldest archaeological evidence for domesticated corn comes from Guilá Naquitz Cave near Mitla in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, which has been dated to approximately 6250 years ago.”


26 posted on 07/10/2009 9:41:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

I can give you an Inca-ling...


27 posted on 07/10/2009 10:13:48 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 171 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: DManA
Kind of a mystery since the ancestral plant was virtually inedible.

The definition of "virtually inedible" gets pretty flexible when you are hungry enough.

For one example, look at the current cuisine of North Korea...

28 posted on 07/10/2009 10:17:45 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 171 of our national holiday from reality.)
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