Lima Culture remains found at archaeological site in Peru

00:00 | Lima, Apr. 24.

Two new human burials have been uncovered in the lower part of Huaca El Rosal at Maranga Archaeological Complex, as part of the excavations carried out by Parque de las Leyendas Zoo's Archaeology Department.

According to experts, one of the burials contained the skeleton of an adult lying with legs half-bent, which was placed next to a baby, while the second one —found a few meters away— contained the remains of an elderly person with legs bent.

These discoveries follow the ones made about a month ago, and are believed to be part of a cemetery that dates to the final stage of the Lima occupation, going back approximately 1700 years, said Karina Venegas, the archaeologist in charge of the excavations.

"These finds are important because they allow us to learn more about our history, especially about the Lima Culture. We are learning about the people who inhabited the area," Venegas expressed.

"For instance, subsequent biological anthropology studies will show us how they lived, what they ate, and what diseases they suffered from," she added.

After the corresponding studies, the finds will be preserved and temporarily exhibited at Ernst W. Middendorf On-site Museum —open Monday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Parque de las Leyendas facilities.

It must be noted that, in addition to these excavations, other research works are being carried out at Huaca Tres Palos —one of the largest and oldest sanctuaries at Maranga Archaeological Complex located near the front entrance of the zoo.


Published: 4/24/2018