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National Geographic is reporting that Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva may have discovered the oldest temple and mural in the Americas:

At a Peruvian government conference this weekend, Alva announced that carbon dating conducted in the United States shows that the mural and temple are 4,000 years old. (See photos of the find.)

Ventarrón is located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Sipán, the religious and political heart of the ancient Moche people, who flourished near Peru’s northern coastlands from around A.D. 1 to A.D. 700.

Will be interesting to see if any evidence of psychedelic use/shamanism is found at the site – see Mike Jay’s Darklore article “Enter the Jaguar” for more on this topic, which is available as one of our free PDF downloads from the Darklore website.