Skip to comments.Natural disasters doomed early civilization (Supe Valley along the Peruvian coast)
Posted on 01/19/2009 7:57:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON Nature turned against one of America's early civilizations 3,600 years ago, when researchers say earthquakes and floods, followed by blowing sand, drove away residents of an area that is now in Peru.
"This maritime farming community had been successful for over 2,000 years, they had no incentive to change, and then all of a sudden, boom, they just got the props knocked out from under them," anthropologist Mike Moseley of the University of Florida said in a statement.
Moseley and colleagues were studying civilization of the Supe Valley along the Peruvian coast, which was established up to 5,800 years ago.
The people thrived on land adjacent to productive bays and estuaries, ...
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Caral and the Earliest Peruvian Civilization
They elected Obama too?
Most of my knowledge on this subject comes from SunkenCiv and Blam and other FR threads, but it was also touched upon in the book 1492.
There are ongoing excavation efforts going on to reveal more of this civilizatoin, the Peruvian goverment has plans to create a new Machu Picchu type tourist draw out of the area.
The Macchu Picchu society and this earlier civilization possibly had an unbroken religious tradition based upon a god holding a snake and a rod in each hand.
Ping to regain equilibrium.
thanks, I needed that!
James Jacobs has fallen in love with Google Earth...go to:
See: Ancient South America
Click on ‘Caral and the Supe Valley’
And he’ll take you there! (On Google Earth)
I was concerned Google Earth on this computer would interfere, but the link goes directly to Ancient South America, and ‘Caral and the Supe Valley’.
A person could skip inauguration extravaganza and have fun on that site, instead.
Thanks LucyT for the ping. Thanks NormsRevenge for posting the topic. Thanks JerseyHighlander for the kind remarks.
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History channel did a show on that last year - or was it the weather channel.....
You couldn’t pay me to live on the west coast of South America. This is one of the deadliest geologic fault areas in the world.
The largest quake ever recorded, a 9.5, happened there in 1960.
“The largest quake ever recorded, a 9.5, happened there in 1960.”
Actually, I think the great New Madrid earthquake series in 1811-1812 may have been greater, especially if viewed cumulatively. At least three were extremely powerful. Also, there was an extremely strong earthquake in Assam, I think in the 1950’s, which I seem to recall increased the height of Mt. Everest by 20 feet? The great Lisbon earthquake several centuries ago was no slouch either.
That's my present understanding too.
9.5 is enormously bad. Perhaps they’re going with quakes for which there are actual seismograph readings available. What you said about Everest rings a bell, not sure how long ago that was. The New Madrid quake (the biggest one) rerouted the Mississippi by a few miles, and that takes some doing.
New Madrid also created Realfoot Lake which I think is 20 miles long when a big chunk of earth dropped some 20 feet. I guess it was a Graben Fault.
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It’s almost remarkable how stable life on this planet has been during the past several hundred years, given what we know has happened here in the past.
If we’re lucky, it will remain this way during ours, and our children’s lifetimes.
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