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Wednesday, November 21

USAToday Dig turns up surprises in spades In Peru, a people called the Moche ruled a palace -- or did they?: "But while Huancaco looks like the other temples lining valleys along the Pacific, archaeologists excavating the site have found nothing to confirm that it is, in fact, a Moche ruin. This discovery threatens some long-held notions about the Moche (MO-chay) while offering a lesson in how ideas about ancient peoples can change, once archaeologists start sifting through sites long assumed to be something else." The beauty of Peruvian archaeology is that assumptions about pre-Colombian cultures are constantly being reassessed and rewritten as new digs are uncovered. It is an intellectual adventure.

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