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By Michael Ruggeri | News of the Ancient Andean Civilizations; Pre-Inca to Inca

South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors

Cranial surgery without modern anesthesia and antibiotics may sound like a death sentence. But trepanation—the act of drilling, cutting, or scraping …

War

1,000-year-old mummy found in Peru

The 1,000 year old 'bundled body' of Peru: Incredibly well preserved mummy found wrapped in a 'cotton coffin'<p><b>Archaeologists at Pachacamac found</b> …

Archaeology

Ancient Shark Fishermen Found Buried with Extra Limbs

Archaeologists are stumped why these 1,900-year-old Peruvians were buried with bonus body parts—in one case, with two extra left legs.<p>Dozens of "very unique" ancient burials have been discovered on the northern Peruvian coast, many of which appear to contain valuable metal objects, whimsical …

Archaeology

Unique Funerary Site Discovered in Peru

In the Sechura Desert on the Pacific coast of Peru, the Huaca Amarilla archaeological site has yielded a unique—and surprising—glimpse of funerary …

Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be World's Largest

More than 140 children were ritually killed in a single event in Peru more than 500 years ago. What could possibly have been the reason?<p><i>Leer en español.</i><p>Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history—has been discovered on Peru's …

Archaeology

Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert

Armed with satellites and drones, archaeologists discover new Nasca lines and dozens of other enigmatic geoglyphs carved into the earth.<p>Etched into the high desert of southern Peru more than a millennium ago, the enigmatic Nasca lines continue to capture our imagination. More than a thousand of …

Archaeology

Ancient Peruvian child sacrifices and treasures uncovered in tombs

Tragic skeletons of Chimu child sacrifices who had their hearts RIPPED OUT 3,400 years ago are found alongside more than 100 treasures in Peru<p><b>The</b> …

1,300-year-old cemetery found in Lima

A team of Peruvian archaeologists has found a 1,300-year-old pre-Hispanic cemetery near Lima's main zoo, a researcher said Friday. Credit: …

1,500-year-old painted banquet hall offers rare insight into Peru's ancient Moche culture

Researchers also discovered a room that may have been used to make announcements considering it features a circular podium.<p>Archaeologists in Peru …

Peru: Ancient astronomical observatory found in Cusco | News | ANDINA - Peru News Agency

<b>14:03</b> | Cusco (Cusco region), Dec. 15.<p>Research works at Espiritu Pampa archaeological site in Southern Cusco region led to the discovery of an …

Rock art of ancient rituals in Venezuela revealed

Mysterious 2,000-year-old rock art of mythical beasts and ancient rituals in Venezuela is revealed in unprecedented detail<p><b>The engravings, known as</b> …

6,000 year old pottery found in Ecuador

Russian and Ecuadorian archaeologists have discovered pottery that could be 6,000 years old in Ecuador which, if confirmed, would make it the oldest …

Nazca Lines: New Giant Geoglyph of Orca Discovered in Peru Desert Sheds Light on Enigmatic Monuments

A massive "drawing" of a killer whale has been found in the legendary Nazca Lines of Peru. It could be the oldest image ever recorded at the site.<p>In …

Orca geoglyph rediscovered in Peru

Orca geoglyph rediscovered in Peru: report on the rediscovery of the enormous geoglyph depicting an orca.

Shellfish Diplomacy

Sixty kilometers is a long way to walk for a clambake, but that’s what brought people to a village called Salitre, in Central Peru, for a span of 140 …

Rose Gold Jewelry Was All the Rage with Ancient Colombians

When Apple revealed the new iPhone 8 earlier this month, some headlines focused on one question: Would it come in rose gold?<p>The pink-tinted metal is …

Researchers have found signs of ritual violence on skeletons from an ancient civilization in the Andes

Skeletal remains uncovered from a ritual platform in the Peruvian highlands at the site now known as Pacopampa show that people buried there suffered violent injuries, likely as part of ceremonial rituals, according to an archaeological study published earlier this month.<p>The scientists behind the …

Pre-Incan grave with skeletons of 1,000-year-old human sacrifices found in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered tombs containing the skeletons of nine victims of human sacrifice, along with an ancient metallurgy workshop, …

Peru: Wood sculptures and other relics found at ancient Chan Chan | News | ANDINA - Peru News Agency

<b>18:26</b> | Trujillo (La Libertad region), Sep. 27.<p>Four wood sculptures —three male and one female— a scepter, metal vessels, textiles and remains of …

El templo que cambiará la historia del cacao

Una estructura espiral cubre una tumba en la que entre otros objetos se conservan vasijas ceremoniales con restos de lo que se ha identificado como …

Peru: 3000-year-old circular stone wall found in Cusco | News | ANDINA - Peru News Agency

The discovery confirms Marcavalle culture developed at the time when Chavin and Paracas cultures ruled Ancash and Ica regions, respectively.<p>DDCC head …

Remains of early, permanent human settlement in Andes discovered

Examining human remains and other archaeological evidence from a site at nearly 12,500 feet above sea level in Peru, the scientists show that …

Mysterious volcano-shaped pyramid discovered in Peru hosted celebrations in honour of solar eclipses

A mysterious pyramid discovered in coastal Peru was built to resemble a volcano, archaeologists have suggested. It is possible that the structure was …

3,000-year-old copper mask found in mass grave is oldest ever discovered in South America

A delicate mask unearthed in Argentina is the oldest carefully crafted copper object ever found in South America.<p>It is a delicate find – just 1 mm …

3,500-year-old friezes discovered at Huaca Garagay in Lima, Peru

5/25/2017 06:30:00 PM<p>Lima Municipality archaeologists have found 3,500-year-old high relief polychrome friezes —similar to those of Chavin de …

Groundbreaking discovery of early civilization in ancient Peru

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY—You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it comes from the ruins of an ancient civilization inhabited by humans …

Micro-Fossils Show Moche Munched On Marine Meals

Along the north coast of Peru, the Moche people lived from around 200-800 AD. Since little is known about the kinds of food they ate, two archaeologists analyzed micro-fossils in the dental plaque of twelve skeletons to investigate whether or not their meals were marine based.<p>Presenting at last …

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Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code

New clues to an old mystery about Inca writing aren't etched in stone. They're tied in knots.<p>A discovery made in a remote mountain village high in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the ancient Inca used accounting devices made of knotted, colored strings for more than accounting.<p>The devices, called …

Archaeology

New finds at the Sanctuary of Cahuachi in Peru's Nazca Valley

10/10/2016 09:00:00 PM<p>A large religious building, that the archaeologists have named the ‘South Temple’, divided from the adjacent ‘Great Temple’ by …