December 1, 2017
Possible 6000 Year Old Pottery Found in Ecuador
Russian and Ecuadorian archaeologists have found pottery in Ecuador that is provisionally dated to be 6000 years old at the site of Real Alto. They also found human remains there. They belong to the San Pedro culture. Japanese researchers are now testing the dating hypothesis. More work will be done at the site to see how long this dating horizon existed. The Russian group is studying human adaptation on the Pacific rim from East Asia to South America. If the dates hold up, this is probably the oldest pottery in the Americas.
(My note; I include the Wikipedia page on the Valdivia Culture that has mention of the San Pedro site and the fact that this culture pre-dated the Valdivia culture.
Archaeology News Network has the report here with photos.
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