Two religious complexes from antique Chile offer clues about the early local civilization. Credit: copyright Antiquity Publications Ltd.
Ancient ceremonial complexes discovered in Atacama Desert - scienc news in short - archeology

The world’s driest desert, Atacama, offered archeologists a nice surprise in the form of two ancient ceremonial complexes one kilometer (0.62 miles) apart. The oldest of them is believed to be 5000 years old.

The discovery shows that in the past people flourished in such harsh places, likely in regions called “eco-refuges”, places that had basic resources like water and plants. One of the sites contained impressive treasures: massive stone monuments, offerings of gold and rare materials, and infant burials.

The discoveries suggest that early monumentalism in the Atacama may reflect the emergence of complex social organization among late hunter-gatherers.

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Scientific publication: Antiquity