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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 07:37 AM

Peru's Ancient City Caral Inspires Modern Architects

Peru's Ancient City Caral Inspires Modern Architects
World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: November 11, 2015 11:41 IST

Caral, Peru: Architects seeking solutions for sustainable living in the 21st century are taking notes from the ancient city of Caral in Peru, an engineering marvel built some 5,000 years ago.

Caral's builders created a city of pyramids, sunken amphitheaters, seismically resilient buildings and underground ducts that channeled the wind to keep their fires burning all with basic tools.

It was the site of the oldest known civilization in the Americas, the Caral or Norte Chico civilization, which developed from 3000 to 1800 BC almost as old as Ancient Egypt.

Today, architects from around the world have convened in Caral to seek inspiration in its sandy brown ruins and discuss the challenges facing humankind five millennia later.


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