Reading aloud I will now gradually tell you how we felt in the past few days: Monday, September 12 Today I have a sensation to announce: Markus Reindel, the German archaeologist who explores the Nasca lines, yesterday received the confirmation that He found them in a tomb in the valley of the Rio Grande de Nazca, and is 3, 500 years old, according to the Carbon 14 method. The humans did not have clay pots at the time, so the bean lay in the grave. Is she the oldest bean in the world? Probably yes. For our Central European beans, Prof. Burmeister explained to us, come from South America. The beans the Romans called "faba" were a different kind, more like chickpeas. In South America, they are now also available, they are called "haba", Andreas Gross knows. The right beans, on the other hand, are called "frijol, " and such a bean was cultivated by the people of the Rio Grande Valley river basin 3, 500 years ago. Now do not say that it does not interest you! about Markus Reindel, the Nazca lines, the Nasca culture and its predecessor, the Paracas culture, there is still a lot to report. But about it has indeed been written by ex-bdw editor Michael Zick in January 2007, an enlightening article. We met the sympathetic scientist at a lookout point in the desert, from which one could look at Geoglyphs (floor drawings) of the Paracas people: two hands and a tree had been drawn by piling stones on a slope. Reindel's people have painstakingly reconstructed and made them visible again. In the small museum, which the German archaeologists have set up in the city of Palpa, we marveled at interesting grave finds from different eras, including a gold necklace. Also a mummy and its additions - ball of wool and spindles together with a guinea pig residue - were to be seen. An unforgettable lunch under shady trees rounded off the meeting, which was also loved by Studiosus tour guide Groß. "Organizing something like that only creates a picture of science." All reports by Judith Rauch from South America can be found here.

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