The Americas' Oldest Pyramids, Cities
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The remnants of middle-status housing can be found at Caral. The dwellings consisted of rooms with walls made of adobe.

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According to NIU archaeologist
Winifred Creamer, this contemporary
example of a simple irrigation system
in the Supe Valley near Caral is
probably very similar to the system
used by ancient Peruvians.

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The pyramids at Caral are buried under a layer of windblown sand and collapsed rock. Without excavation, they appear as large mounds.

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A view of Caral's platform
mounds, or pyramids, with the
Supe River in the background.

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According to NIU archaeologist Winifred Creamer, this contemporary example of a cane-and-mud structure is similar to the lower-class dwellings used by ancient Peruvians at Caral.

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A view of the archaeological site
at Caral from a distance, facing north.

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