Oldest High-Altitude Settlement Found in Andes

October 23, 2014 9:08 PM

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Oldest High-Altitude Settlement Found in Andes

The oldest-known evidence of humans living at extremely high altitudes has been unearthed in the Peruvian Andes, archaeologists say.

The sites — a rock shelter with traces of Ice Age campfires and rock art, and an open-air workshop with stone tools and fragments — are located nearly 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level and were occupied roughly 12,000 years ago.

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