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Central & South America and the Caribbean
PeruThirteen stone rectangles, seven to twenty feet high, run along a ridge in coastal Peru, looking like teeth, or spines on a lizard's back. Archaeologists now think they look more like the first observatory in the Americas. The evenly spaced stones, built by an as-yet-unnamed culture, track the sun's rise, with the first and last towers corresponding to the summer and winter solstices. At 2,300 years old, it predates the earliest New World observatories by centuries.
GreeceConstruction in a northern Athens suburb turned up more than a dozen rows of stone seats where audiences might once have seen
the works of Sophocles and Euripides. The open-air hall may be the 2,500-year-old theater of Acharnes, which was mentioned
by ancient Greek writers.
Near & Middle East
MexicoAt Zazacatla, a 2,500-year-old site 25 miles south of Mexico City, archaeologists found six buildings and two statues that closely resemble Olmec priest figures. The find confirms that Olmec influence extended hundreds of miles from the culture's traditional center on the Gulf Coast.