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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“...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...
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