Archaeologists have documented the highest altitude human occupation in the world, during the ice age. The Pucuncho Basin is located nearly 4,500 meters above sea level. The rock shelter found was used as a base camp. Presumed is that hunting, and herding of domesticated alpacas and llamas, was the main way of living.
Because of the discoveries, high altitude human habitation can be dated a thousand years earlier than previously believed. About 12,000 years ago hunter-gatherers colonized the high mountains. (more…)