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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Having survived for 5,000 years, the oldest archaeological site in the Americas is under threat from squatters claiming the coronavirus pandemic has left them with no other option but to occupy the heritage city.

The situation has become so bad that archeologist Ruth Shady, who discovered the Caral site in Peru, has been threatened with death if she does not abandon investigating its structures.

Archaeologists told an AFP team visiting Caral that squatter invasions and destruction began in March last year when the pandemic forced a nationwide lockdown.

"There are people who come and . . .

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