The River and the Sky: Astronomy and Topography in Caral Society, America's First Urban Centers

  title={The River and the Sky: Astronomy and Topography in Caral Society, America's First Urban Centers},
  author={Antonio C{\'e}sar Gonz{\'a}lez-Garc{\'i}a and Aldemar Crisp{\'i}n and Ruth Shady Sol{\'i}s and Jos'e Ricra and Felipe Criado-Boado and Juan Antonio Taguenca Belmonte},
  journal={Latin American Antiquity},
  pages={154 - 172}
America's first urban centers may have been located in the Supe Valley, Peru. After investigating the location and the orientation of the main built structures, we show that it is not only the presence of the Supe River that determines their orientation but also that astronomical relationships within the orientation of the buildings dictate their setting within the valley. The southernmost position of moonrise on the horizon seems to be the most important astronomical target. There is the… 
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