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Unspoiled tomb discovered in Peru

07-25-2011 10:44 BJT

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Peruvian archaeologists working in the north of the country have some amazing news. They say they've found an unspoiled tomb from the Lamba-YEHkey culture, and this is the most well-preserved one they've ever seen there.

The Lambayeque culture, also known as the Sican culture, predated the Inca and inhabited what is now the north coast of Peru between about 750 and 1400 A.D.

Initial studies indicate that the tomb belonged to a priest-like individual. Scholars assume that he used to perform human sacrifices during fertility ceremonies.

In this photo released by Peru's Andina Agency, workers and archaeologists are seen on the site where the remains of a pre-Inca lord, known as 'Lord of Vilcas' were found, in Vilcabamba, in Peru's Cuzco state. Picture: AP

Archaeologist Fausto Saldana"By examining the clothing he had, we estimate that he was somebody who made sacrifices like some sort of priest. He has three copper knives, some metal objects, a skirt made of circular copper sheets with him, as offerings. Also, in his surroundings, there were various elements of pottery."

Some of the archaeologists there have been working at Huaca Chotuna for three years. They said in a tomb that can date back to 7-hundred years ago, this is the first time they've discovered such a figure and in such a well-preserved state.

Saldana and his colleagues also discovered a number of pieces of ceramic and pottery, including pots and jars, and the remains of three other individuals.

Archaeologists say the tomb dates back to 1350-1400. Photo: ANDINA/Silvia Depaz

 

Gold and silver pieces of a pre-Inca lord are shown at the National Institute of Culture in Cuzco,
Peru. A team of archaeologists has discovered the tomb of a Wari noble, a find
being hailed as important as the discovery of Machu Picchu. Picture: AP

 

Gold and silver pieces of a pre-Inca lord are shown at the National
Institute of Culture in Cuzco, Peru. A team of archaeologists has
discovered the tomb of a Wari noble, a find being hailed as important
as the discovery of Machu Picchu. Picture: AP

 

Editor:Li Wanran |Source: CNTV.CN

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