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12,000 year old textiles found in Peru

By T.K. Randall
April 19, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments

Image Credit: Jorge Morales Piderit
Ancient rope and textiles found in a Peruvian cave are the oldest ever found in South America.
The textiles were discovered 30 years ago in Guitarrero Cave high up in the Andes but were never conclusively dated until now, the find gives scientists a tantalising glimpse back in time at the lifestyles of the ancient people of the Americas.
Textiles and rope fragments found in a Peruvian cave have been dated to around 12,000 years ago, making them the oldest textiles ever found in South America, according to a report in the April issue of Current Anthropology.


Source: Past Horizons | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 13 years ago
How cool! I love history.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Venonat 13 years ago
Good article.
Comment icon #3 Posted by SpiderCyde 13 years ago
Wonder if that was pre-ice age, or post? Meh, I need to look it up.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Archer1945 13 years ago
Wonder if that was pre-ice age, or post? Meh, I need to look it up. From the way the article reads it sounds as if it might date from a period during an ice age.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
From the way the article reads it sounds as if it might date from a period during an ice age. My thoughts exactly. Now the ice age was a complete world event, but was it more in Northern Hemisphere? Gobeke Tepe was built after the last ice age according to some but on the other end it was built 11 500 years ago? Does it mean the ice age ended at different periods depending on the location on the planet?? http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewnews.php?id=176400
Comment icon #6 Posted by aj1234 13 years ago
Ice age in the Andes? That would be the coldest, most miserable and depressing time to be there for sure.


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