Peru: Archaeologists found 47 Tombs in Huanchaco

Peru: Archaeologists found 47 Tombs in Huanchaco
Wednesday March 28, 2018
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Peru: Archaeologists found 47 Tombs in Huanchaco

In Huanchaco, Trujillo, – in northern Peru – archaeologists discovered 47 tombs and more than 50 skeletons being more than 2,500 years old.

Apart from the skeletons, the archaeologists also found ceramics, fishing tools and spondylus in the graves. The findings date back to the Salinar (400 B.C. – 300 A.D.), the Viru (150 B.C. – 500 A.D.) and the Chimu (1200 A.D. – 400 A.D.) cultures.

Furthermore, the archaeologists discovered an individual tomb of an adult that had been buried with eight sculptural vessels of the Viru culture. A child had been buried with 49 spondylus belonging to the Chimu culture.

It was also the first time that archaeologists found many mollusks in one of the tombs. All tombs were situated inside a corridor made of stone walls which shows the importance of the findings.

The works in Huanchaco already started on the 23rd of October 2017 and will end the 23rd of June 2018. They form part of the 2017-2018 Las Lomas Archaeological Rescue Project aiming at the realization of a drinking water and sewage project in Huanchaco.

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