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Peru: Over 2500-year-old tombs discovered in Huanchaco

17:23 | Trujillo (La Libertad region), Mar. 20.

A group of archaeologists found 47 tombs and more than 50 human skeletons —dating back over 2,500 years— in Trujillo's district of Huanchaco.

Ceramics, fishing tools, spondylus, among other objects, were found within the graves.

According to researchers, these findings are linked to Salinar (400 B.C.-300 A.D.), Viru (150 B.C.-500 A.D.), and Chimu (1200 A.D.-400 A.D.) cultures. 

According to archaeologist Victor Campaña, one of the highlights is the tomb of an adult individual buried with eight sculptural vessels, which is associated with the Viru culture and enjoys a level of importance within the context.

Similarly, he pointed out the tomb of a child —buried with 49 spondylus and linked to the Chimu culture— was uncovered during the excavations. 

The situation is unprecedented as this is the first time that so many mollusks have been found together in the same tomb, this is new even to the Chan Chan archaeological complex.

These findings were located inside a corridor of stone walls, which demonstrates the importance of the site. 

The excavations are part of the 2017-2018 Las Lomas Archaeological Rescue Project, promoted by Huanchaco District Municipality to implement a drinking water and sewage project in the area.

The archaeological works began on October 23, 2017 and will run through June 23 of this year.

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Published: 3/20/2018
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