Ice Age people dwelled high in Andes

October 24, 2014 6:44 AM

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Washington - In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships.

Scientists on Thursday described the world's highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological sites about 2.8 miles (4.5km) above sea level and about 12 000 years old packed with artifacts including a rock shelter, stone tools, animal bones, food remnants and primitive artwork.

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