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'''Norte Chico''' or '''Near North Coast''' ranges over five river valleys north of present-day [[Lima]]: the [[Chancay River]], the [[Huaura River]], [[Supe River]], [[Fortaleza River]] and [[Pativilca River]].
Part of the region is the home of the [[Caral-Supe]] civilization or [[Norte Chico]] civilization, the first known complex culture in the [[Americas]], which lasted from about 3000BC to 1800BC. While archeological evidence consists of [[irrigation]] systems and [[pyramids]], there is debate about whether Caral was an [[Urban area|urban]] civilization.
*[http://www.caralperu.gob.pe/principal_ing.htm Proyecto Arqueologico Caral - Supe]
*[http://www.fieldmuseum.org/research_collections/anthropology/anthro_sites/PANC/default.htm Proyecto Arqueológico Norte Chico]
*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4115421.stm BBC: First Andean Culture Explored]