Peru: Chavin de Huantar new finds among the largest in 50 years

10:58 | Huari (Ancash region), Aug. 21.

One of the largest discoveries in the last 50 years has been made at Chavin de Huantar Archaeological Monument in Peru's Ancash region using micro camera-equipped small robots.

The discoveries include three new undergrown galleries featuring the first Chavin-period human burials found in Peru.

"The finds present a two-fold feature: The use of new technologies unveiling spaces closed since the Chavin period, and the rich archaeological information that researchers intend to clarify to expand our knowledge about the site," Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries Luis Felipe Villacorta explained.

Made by specialists of the Chavin de Huantar Investigation and Conservation Project at Stanford University, the recent discoveries will expand the knowledge on traditional and religious ceremonies of the Chavin culture.

Likewise, they will give a glimpse of the conceptual origins and use of power in societies across the Andean region.

"The new finds show us a world of galleries with their own organizational methods, and whose content differs from each other," said John Rick, head of the Chavin de Huantar Investigation and Conservation Project at California-based Stanford University. 

"Archaeologists will work for several years exploring the Chavin world, of which we have just scratched the surface with these discoveries," he added.

It is worth mentioning that only 15% of the Chavin de Huantar archaeological site has been explored.

Researchers plan to use small robots to discover the distribution of these undergrown galleries and their content, which will reveal a map of ritual activities and the paraphernalia associated with the temple's complex ceremonial use.


Published: 8/21/2018