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Ancient Popcorn Discovered in Peru

Ancient popcorn discovered in Peru

Reblogging this from Peru this Week.  Popcorn, really?!  Too bad they didn’t know about carmel corn or cheese flavored corn (Universal City Walk comes to mind…mmmm)!  Is it lunch time, yet??  🙂

People living along the coast of Peru were eating popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously reported and before ceramic pottery was used there, according to a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Some of the oldest known corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels (male flowers), dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were found at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two mound sites on Peru’s arid northern coast.

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Peru Vacations: 5 Things to Do in Cuzco for Free

Plaza and Cathedral in Cuzco, Peru

Found this great article on more FREE stuff to see in Peru – this time in Cuzco (or Cusco, for those that want to be more “correct”).  Pretty interesting stuff, especially the 12 sided rock!  When I was in Cuzco, I had a whirlwind tour and didn’t really have time to see any of these other things outside of the main Plaza de Armas.  I can definitely see myself going back for some free stuff, that is for sure!  And I am always amazed at Incan architecture and what they were able to build with no machines.

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Machu Picchu – Featured Backdrop for Bollywood Movie Kilimanjaro

Aishwarya Rai Indian Actress Bollywood Movie

I came across this on YouTube today.  Thought it was interesting.  Does anyone else here enjoy Bollywood movies as much as I do?  I discovered the Indian version of Hollywood a number of years ago while in High School.  The movies were extremely cheesy and all incorporated dance/music scenes throughout…which made it incredibly entertaining and easy to forget about not always catching everything in the subtitles.

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Pre-Inca Mummy Found in Cuzco

Pre-Inca mummy found in Cuzco

Here is something interesting:

Archaelologists in Cuzco were performing recovery work in the Chiñisiri Archaelogical complex when they discovered a mummified body of a child in very good condition in the tombs.  It is believed that the child, maybe 5-6 years old, and about 50 inches tall, is pre-Incan, as many of the tombs found in this site pre-date the Incas.  They think that the child could be from the Wari culture, which flourished from 500-1000 A.D.

I always find it incredibly amazing that things could keep preserved for so long.  It is also pretty amazing that cultures that had no direct contact with each other, could have the same ideas and beliefs about honoring the dead.  Interesting that Ancient Egyptians and this Wari culture would both figure out and use mummification.  I guess this is more proof that no matter what culture you are from or where you live, there are just some things intrinsic to all humans.  Kind of comforting.

 

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