Unearthing Ancient Astronomy

Researchers discover that ancient Peruvians were tracking the skies 4,000 years ago.

By Julie Rehmeyer, 00:00 AM April 9, 2007

It looked like the surface of the moon.

All I could see was dirt and jagged gray rocks. There wasn't a touch of green, much less homes or other buildings.

But I knew that I was looking at the remains of an ancient village in Peru—a village so sophisticated that it astounded the archaeologists who recently excavated part of the site. The scientists found that the village, called Buena Vista, contained artifacts that allowed its residents to track the seasons and predict the weather 4,000 ye...

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