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Gold and Status > The oldest jewellery in South America > Gold and Status  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend

The find underlines the importance of the role that the cultures at Lake Titicaca played in the pre-Colombian history of Andean Peru. The ancient cultures living there, the South-Central Highland cultures, are believed to have existed from 3000 to 1400 BC.

The results and interpretations of the discoveries at Jiskairumoko are thus significant in understanding the ancient history of Peru. They include evidence of early prestige objects, architectural transitions and the formation of regular trade routes.

Addressing the discovery of the gold necklace, Dr Mark Aldenderfer, who works in the department of anthropology at the University of Arizona, elaborated on the social progress of these Stone Age cultures.

The discovery suggests that the use of gold jewellery to signify status began before the appearance of more complex societies in the Andes – something quiet astonishing. It demonstrates an emerging social role for gold beyond simple decoration.

He told BBC News: "The gold reflects a universal tendency for human beings to strive for prestige and status", which is "not at all different to today".

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