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Early maritime economy and El Nino events at Quebrada Tacahuay, Peru

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DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1833

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Abstract

The archaeological site of Quebrada Tacahuay, Peru, dates to 12,700 to 12,500 calibrated years before the present (10,770 to 10,530 carbon-14 years before the present). It contains some of the oldest evidence of maritime- based economic activity in the New World. Recovered materials include a hearth, lithic cutting tools and flakes, and abundant processed marine fauna, primarily seabirds and fish. Sediments below and above the occupation layer were probably generated by El Nino events, indicating that El Nino was active during the Pleistocene as well as during the early and middle Holocene.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Early maritime economy and El Nino events at Quebrada Tacahuay, Peru
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.281.5384.1833
Volume
281
Issue:
5384
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
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Science
First page:
1833
Last page:
1835