The oldest necklace found on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

The oldest piece of golden jewelry ever found in South America is discovered in Peru. It was found by a group of American archeologists from the University of Arizona who had been excavating a site in the Peruvian Andes. A golden necklace, made, presumably, in the beginning of the 2000 B.C., was found in a burial site near a mountain Lake Titicaca. The necklace consists of spherical and cylindrical golden details and green semiprecious stones.

Before this find, scientists thought that around 4000 years ago the inhabitants of the South American continent had not perceived gold as precious metal and a symbol of a high social status of its owner. The necklace, belonging to a man, was found on temporary grounds of a tribe of hunters, leading a semi-nomadic way of life. The find casts doubt on a widespread hypothesis according to which jewelry, signifying high social status of its owner, came in use only after a tribe would leading sedentary way of life.

Scientists from the University of Arizona also note that the necklace most likely hadn’t been made in the south of Peru, where it was found. There were no gold deposits in this region, therefore the owner of this piece of jewelry had to either buy a ready-made necklace or purchase a piece of precious metal.

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