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March 2 2013

Peruvian civilization grew from maize 5,000 years ago


Archaeologists have been investigating and debating the reasons behind the emergence of a distinct South American civilization during the Late Archaic period (3000-1800 B.C.) in Peru for several decades. One of the persistent questions had been the role of agriculture and particularly corn (maize) in the evolution of these early complex, centralised societies.

Until now, the prevailing theory was that marine resources, not agriculture and corn, provided the economic engine behind the development of civilization in the Andean region of Peru.

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