Archaeologists discover ancient religious complex in northern Peru

Tuesday November 05, 2013
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Archaeologist Walter Alva, who also discovered the Lord of Sipan in 1987, has just discovered another really important site in Northern Peru: the “Oracle of Congona”.

The site, with an extensive complex of ruined structures with platforms and monoliths featuring carved feline and avian figures, was probably an important religious center.

It is of great significance as it has structures that show a clear influence from the Chavin culture. “This discovery shows that the Chavin culture expanded to Northern Peru”, Alva explained.

“We’ve found this ceremonial temple that is 3,000 years old. It was used as a secret location where priests would have performed rites for their gods,” Alva confirmed to the French Agency Agence France-Presse. “We’re thinking that it’s an oracle from the Chavin epoch, with subterranean structures, enclosures and spaces reserved for the Chavin priests.”

The Chavin culture developed in Peru between 900 – 200 BC in central Peru. The most well known archaeological site of this culture is the temple at Chavin de Huantar in Ancash.

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