Archaeologists discover pre-Columbian mass grave in Peru


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Lima (AFP) – Archaeologists have found an ancient mass grave containing the remains of pre-Columbian men, women and children in the Chan Chan citadel in northern Peru, a team member said Thursday.

They found the remains of around 25 people, mostly women and children, as well as dozens of ceramic vessels and items such as needles used in textile work, archaeologist Jorge told AFP. Meneses.

The tomb was discovered about three weeks ago in Chan Chan, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of the capital Lima.

The human remains are virtually intact, Meneses said.

Chan Chan was a citadel of the Chimu culture, which flourished between the 900s and 1450s on the northern coast of Peru before falling to the Incas.

Chan Chan means “Resplendent Sun” in the Chimu language.

The mass grave contained the remains of around 25 people, mostly women and children Handout Peruvian Ministry of Culture / AFP

The citadel was built over an area of ​​about 20 square kilometers (7.7 square miles), had ten fortified palaces and some 30,000 citizens at its height.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, but also on its list of World Heritage in Danger.

Pre-Columbian remains and artefacts are frequently found in Peru.

Last month, workers laying gas pipes on a street in Lima came across the remains of a tomb that included 2,000-year-old ceramic funeral vessels.


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