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Prehistoric Tools, Weapons Discovered In Peruvian Andes
Middle East Times ^ | 8-20-2006

Posted on 08/21/2006 5:16:01 PM PDT by blam

Prehistoric tools, weapons discovered in Peruvian Andes

AFP

August 20, 2006

LIMA -- A team of Peruvian and US archaeologists have discovered prehistoric stone tools and weapons some 10,000 years old in an Andean town, the National Institute of Culture announced Friday.

Stone axes, spearheads, and weapons were found in the main square of San Pedro de Chavin de Huantar, an Andean town some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Lima, officials said.

"This discovery represents exceptional evidence of the presence of inhabitants in the Pleistocene era," the Institute said in a statement.

The Pleistocene went from about 1.6 million years ago to 10,000 years ago, when the last ice age ended.

The items were discovered by a team lead by Peruvian archaeologist Christian Mesia from the Chavin de Huantar Archaeological Investigation Project and John Rick, an American from Stanford University.

Rick and Mesia said that it is one of the few open Stone Age camps ever found in the Andes.

The discovery "will have a special significance for the culture and the civic identity" of the town residents, they said in the statement.

Chavin de Huantar is best known as the site where an underground stone temple from the influential Chavin civilization is located.

The temple was built around 1000 BC and used until around 200 BC. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: andes; discovered; givepeaceachance; godsgravesglyphs; humannature; peruvian; prehistoric; tools; weapons

1 posted on 08/21/2006 5:16:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 08/21/2006 5:16:30 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Stone axes, spearheads, and weapons were found in the main square of San Pedro de Chavin de Huantar, an Andean town some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Lima, officials said.

No Nintendo or Ipods were found however.

3 posted on 08/21/2006 5:31:36 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: blam

So the first Peruvians were French?


4 posted on 08/21/2006 6:21:50 PM PDT by etcetera
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5 posted on 08/21/2006 9:38:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Whats amazing about Chavin, is how how it is. I'm talking 10,000 ft/elevation, very harsh conditions(well, in todays terms).

Who knows how it was 10,000 years ago.


6 posted on 08/21/2006 9:50:07 PM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: etcetera

Why do you ask?
Was there evidence to suggest the weapons had never been used and were later dropped while running?......:)


7 posted on 08/21/2006 10:15:01 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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"Why do you ask? Was there evidence to suggest the weapons had never been used and were later dropped while running?......:)"

LOL! No, I'm not casting aspersions upon the ancient Peruvuans! It's just that a lot of old stone tools were found in prehistoric sites in France and there appears to be come commonality of design with their New World counterparts.

8 posted on 08/21/2006 11:59:06 PM PDT by etcetera
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To: etcetera

Funny you would mention that.
I have a greenstone full groove "hammer" or "ax" that was found up on the ridge near my house. [Appalachian mountains of western MD]
The tool type is usually ascribed as having been made by the enigmatic "archaic/woodland Indians".
The resemble more than anything else, ancient stone tools commonly found in Europe.
I'm sure you've heard of the "Pangaea" theory.
What if the tools were here *before* the continents drifted apart and have nothing at all to do with "Indians"?

[that's just one of the many strange things I sit and wonder about]....;D


9 posted on 08/22/2006 12:16:30 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Marius3188
"...Whats amazing about Chavin, is how how it is..."

how how it is???

10 posted on 08/22/2006 3:36:30 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield
Sorry...i blame the computer....
11 posted on 08/22/2006 3:38:02 AM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: Salamander
"What if the tools were here *before* the continents drifted apart and have nothing at all to do with "Indians"? "

Africa and South America broke apart 120 million years ago. Thre weren't even humans then.

12 posted on 08/22/2006 6:18:17 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

"Thre weren't even humans then."

And how do you know?
Were you there?.....;-D


[I *said* it was one of the ~strange~ things I think about. besides...this could quickly become a Crevo thread, now].....;]


13 posted on 08/22/2006 6:27:55 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Salamander

Never mind.


14 posted on 08/22/2006 6:32:25 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Okey-dokey.....:)

You must be a really good person.
Your dogs obviously adore you.


15 posted on 08/22/2006 6:33:49 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Salamander
"You must be a really good person. Your dogs obviously adore you."

Yup. I love my doggies. They get the 'top-of-the-line' everything.

16 posted on 08/22/2006 6:59:45 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Cool!


17 posted on 08/22/2006 2:45:33 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: blam
I see a lot of stuff on FReeper pages but yours is one of those special few that really tugged at my heart.

Of all the voluminous statements about yourself that you could have made, you simply chose that one picture instead....and it says more about you than a thousand words could ever express.....:)
18 posted on 08/22/2006 3:39:20 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Salamander
"What if the tools were here *before* the continents drifted apart and have nothing at all to do with "Indians"?

Funny you should mention THAT!

Here's an article that claims the dates for North American paleo-Indian artifacts are way off because of a cosmic nuclear event that altered the detected age of certain rocks.

If the article is correct, that "Indian" hammer you have may be older than you think. 8-)

19 posted on 08/22/2006 4:32:00 PM PDT by etcetera
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To: Salamander
Sorry, here's the link to the original article....
20 posted on 08/22/2006 4:41:30 PM PDT by etcetera
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To: Salamander
I occasionally find stone tools and arrowheads here in the Nevada outback. The style and sizes vary greatly. I try to take them to the University for the propeller heads to study. Some of them are not considered "normal" for this area. Probably indication migration of one tribe or another. Makes for interesting discussions. I mark each one with a tag and GPS coordinates. Crazy hobby cost me a 5x5 buck once though. Not watching.....

I grew up in the DC area and used to visit the Appalachian area frequently as a kid. Didn't have an interest in ancient tools then. Very nice country though.

21 posted on 08/22/2006 4:48:42 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: etcetera

Aaaaaaugh!

Now my brain *really* hurts.....;D


22 posted on 08/22/2006 4:56:12 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I can generally say that I'm suspicious of the "expertise" of the 'propeller heads' [LOL!] and skeptical about 'carbon dating', too.


23 posted on 08/22/2006 4:58:25 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Salamander

I agree carbon dating has been misused by many. I enjoy watching the 'experts' argue over what a chip in stone here or there means.


24 posted on 08/22/2006 6:32:21 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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25 posted on 07/10/2009 5:12:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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