A team of archaeologists from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) has discovered a spectacular tomb containing more than eighty individuals of different ages. This discovery — provisionally dated to around 1000 years ago — was made at the site of Pachacamac, which is currently under review for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Pachacamac, situated on the Pacific coast about thirty kilometres from Lima, is one of the largest Prehispanic sites in South America. Professor Peter Eeckhout — under the auspices of the ULB — has been carrying out fieldwork at the site for the past 20 years. The 2012 season resulted in some particularly remarkable discoveries.
The Ychsma Project team undertook to record and excavate a series of Inca storage facilities (15th-16th c. AD), as well as a more ancient cemetery which had been detected during exploratory work in 2004. Read more.
On a street corner, under a garbage dump, at a construction site — pre-Inca archeological sites abound in Lima, where the ruins of hundreds of sacred places, or “huacas”, are at the mercy of urban growth and public indifference.
In the middle of the Miraflores residential district, one of Lima’s best restaurants opens onto the terrace of an ancient pyramid, offering fine food in a 1,500 year-old setting bathed in artificial lighting.
The Huaca Pucllana, the city’s archeological star, has been impeccably preserved thanks to a partnership with the restaurant, but the rare public-private initiative is an exception to the rule.
About three kilometers (two miles) away, in the densely populated Chorrillos neighborhood, a sign marks the existence of an “intangible archeological zone”. Its base is heaped with garbage. A small Catholic shrine sits in the middle of the huaca, built “thanks to the patronage” of the local mayor, as another sign says. Read more.
Lima, Sept 21 : A mummy, apparently of a young woman, was abandoned on a Lima street along with ancient ceramic artifacts, a forensic expert told Peruvian media.
The mummified remains of a woman around 20, according to the opinion of medical examiners, were found by a security guard Sunday night on a street in the La Victoria district, RPP radio said on its web site.
The mummy, which was in a fetal position, with its legs bent up against its chest, was found on a pile of trash with some ceramic containers - and moulds to manufacture them.
The person who found the mummy and the other items called the police and the officers got in touch with the prosecutor’s office to proceed with the removal of the mummy. Read more.
With the riches at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple causing a major stir, ABC News put together a list of five unfound treasures that still have hunters and historians perplexed.
In 1820 Spanish leadership and clergy in Lima, Peru, shipped their riches to Mexico under the command of a Capt. William Thompson. The valuables were worth nearly $60 million and included gold statues and jeweled swords.
Thompson killed everyone on the ship and sailed to Cocos Island near Costa Rica and buried the treasure in a cave. He did try to recover the loot but was unsuccessful as were many others.
Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Amber Room was crafted almost entirely of six tons of glowing amber. It was estimated to be worth $150 million in 2008.
Built by Prussian King Frederic the First, it dazzled kings and queens for 300 years and was sent to Russia as a gift in 1716. During World War II, the Nazis moved the German-made room to the Konigsberg Castle where it was put on display.
After the tide of war turned, the Germans boxed it up and it hasn’t seen since. The room was recreated in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read more.
Lima, (ANDINA). A group of archeologists, lead by Katiusha Bernuy, recently discovered the entry to the Calle Norte –Sur (North-South street) of the temple of Pachacamac, in southeast Lima.
Such entry would be the original entrance to this pre-Hispanic center, and this space is expected to be opened for visitors in 2013.
Exploration works, which are part of the Pachacamac Management Plan Project, suggest that the Calle Norte –Sur dates back to 1380 to 1440 D.C.
This street was an important route to the temple complex, which was defined and delineated by tall walls of stone and adobe. The road currently is 332 meters long and between 2 and 4.7 meters wide.
In addition, the archaeologists found the tomb of an important figure with cranial deformation, surrounded by women, and who was buried with a ceremonial kero, textile and vessels. Read more.