Skip to comments.Maize may have fueled ancient Andean civilization [ update of sorts ]
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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This is kinda like a “duh” thing, isn’t it???
This is kinda like a “duh” thing, isn’t it???
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?
Yes, this is a job for [trumpet flourish] Captain Obvious! :’)
BREAKING NEWS: This just in....
Water ingestion vital to ancient indigenous tribal survival!!!!
And pray tell, where did I first learn about them? No, not in publik skuul -- but in Donald Duck Comic Books!
Donald Duck Comic Books!
Those were wonderful. Taught good lessons too.
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.
Interesting quote from Scourge’s creator (from the Wikipedia article on the subject)
“I think a lot of the philosophy in my stories is conservativeconservative 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 animalseverybody has to be exploited or to exploit someone else to a certain extent. I don’t resent those things.”
Well, I first learned of the candies at the grocery store.
Since they used “fueled”, I always figured it was Mountain Dew.
What I still can't figure out is why Tibetan Monks are Llamas??
Like how did they get to Tibet, by Hairplane?
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
Not sure why. Alpaca bag and head for Tibet next week to investigate.
Not to worry, I'm done. I surrender to SunkenCiv
Ears to you for daring to make that one.
I kernal ly imagine why you’d want me to stop.
If you wanna hang out you’ve got to take her out.
“...so far the oldest archaeological evidence for domesticated corn comes from GuilÃ¡ Naquitz Cave near Mitla in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, which has been dated to approximately 6250 years ago.”
I can give you an Inca-ling...
The definition of "virtually inedible" gets pretty flexible when you are hungry enough.
For one example, look at the current cuisine of North Korea...