Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ancient Peruvian Site Revealed

Archaeologists uncovered an ancient Peruvian tomb in Ucupe (near Lima) they believe may have connections to surrounding sites.

A wooden sarcophagus containing the remains of a man in a golden funeral mask and surrounded by jewelry, nose flaps, and copper crowns accompanied remains of others, as well as those of llamas and similar animals, as well as ceramics. One expert at the excavation said the findings are indicative of royalty.

Researchers hope the discovery of the tomb will shed new light on the pre-Columbian Moche tribe, which flourished in the area from 100-800 AD. The Moche were famous for their ceramics, architecture, and irrigation.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008
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