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

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 …

Dozens of Large, Mysterious Rings and Rock Piles Identified in Peru

Dozens of circular geoglyphs have been mapped by archaeologists in Peru, near the ancient town and archaeological site of Quilcapampa. The glyphs …

Oldest Indigo-Dyed Fabric Ever Is Discovered in Peru

The oldest indigo-dyed fabric ever found has been discovered in Peru, pushing back the use of this blue coloring to at least 6,200 years …

Ancient History

Graves Hinting at Child Sacrifice Found Near Temple Ruins in Peru

Archaeologists excavating a Pre-Hispanic site in the northern Lambayeque region of Peru have recently unearthed a group of 17 graves. Both adult and …

Surprising Offering of a Hallucinogenic Cactus Discovered in Prehispanic Temple in Lima

Chuquitanta or El Paraíso (The Paradise) are the modern names for a monumental archaeological complex located in the Chillon River valley, several …

The 90ft long 'mythical beast' spotted in the Nazca desert: Mysterious new geoglyph shows giant creature sticking out its long tongue

• <b>More than 700 geoglyphs have been found in the Nazca desert, Peru</b>• <b><br>New one shows animal with a long tongue</b><b>, spotted body and many legs</b>• <b><br>A geoglyph of a</b> …

Water storage made prehistoric settlement expansion possible in Amazonia

The pre-Columbian settlements in Amazonia were not limited to the vicinities of rivers and lakes. One example of this can be found in the Santarém …

Archaeology

Did the Inca use a mysterious line of holes to collect TAX? Ancient empire may have used 6,000 pits to store and count tributes

• <b>Huge band of holes stretches several miles north from Peru's Pisco Valley</b>• <b><br>Archaeologists estimate there may be up to 6,000 of the shallow pits</b>• <b><br>Aerial</b> …

4,500-Year-Old Burial Suggests Norte Chico People of Peru Practiced Gender Equality

Thousands of years ago, people of the Norte Chico civilization (also known as Caral/ Caral-Supe) lived near the coast of Peru, apparently never …

Puzzle of the Nazca holes is solved: Ancient spirals in the Peruvian desert were used as a 'sophisticated' irrigation system

• <b>Ancient Peruvian Nazca culture built large spiraling funnels into the desert</b>• <b><br>Known as puquios, they have baffled archaeologists as to their</b> …

Revealed: The secret chamber where ancient Peruvian priests sacrificed women - then 'drank their blood'

• <b>The six women were found alongside artefacts that suggest they were from rival cultures in the north of Peru</b>• <b><br>The skulls and bodies of the women were</b> …

Lima: Remains of presumed weaver dating back to 3,500 years ago found in huaca

Archaeologists announced the discovery of a presumed <b>weaver at Lima’s oldest huaca, El Paraiso</b> (Paradise).<p>The remains were found with <b>weaving materials</b> …

Mystery of the sitting 'mummies': 1,000-year-old skeletons from a pre-Incan civilisation were buried looking out to sea

• <b>Four skeletal remains were discovered in separate tombs in Lima, Peru</b>• <b><br>The adult man and three women belonged to the ancient Ichma culture</b>• <b><br>They were</b> …

Identity of the Inca child mummy revealed: DNA shows the young boy sacrificed to the gods was part of a mysterious group of Palaeo-Indians

• <b>Mummified body was discovered on Aconcagua mountain in Argentina</b>• <b><br>The boy was sacrificed 500 years ago in a ritual called capacocha</b>• <b><br>Geneticists</b> …

Human and feline trophy heads excavated near Toro Muerto, Arequipa

Your message has been sent<p>Excavations by Proyecto Arqueológico Uraca (the Lower Majes Valley Archaeological Project) report uncovering twelve human …

Archaeology

The Inca shrine where CHILDREN were sacrificed: Human remains found in caves may have been offerings to the gods during times of extreme weather

• <b>The ruins are thought to have belonged to the lost Vilcabamba Kingdom</b>• <b><br>They appear to date to the time of an Incan ruler between 1471 and 1493</b> <b></b>• <b><br>Ruins</b> …

Thirty Two Pre-Hispanic Mummies Uncovered in Peru

A team of Peruvian archaeologists have discovered 32 pre-Hispanic mummies at two separate sites located between La Libertad and Lima. The burials …

Evidence of Ancient Ritual Beheading Discovered

The 9,000-year-old remains of a human who was decapitated have been discovered in a rock shelter of Lapa do Santo in Brazil. The odd arrangement of …

Grisly Discovery: 9,000-Year-Old Decapitated Skull Covered in Amputated Hands

Under limestone slabs in a cave in Brazil, scientists made a ghoulish new discovery: a decapitated skull covered in amputated hands.<p>These …

Archaeology

Lost for 2 700 years: Tomb of the Serpent Jaguar Priests Uncovered in Peru

A very interesting tomb has been uncovered in San Pedro de Pacopampa, Chota Province, Cajamarca Region, Peru. The tomb contains a double burial of …

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Is the Amazon rainforest MAN-MADE? At least 8 MILLION humans may have lived and farmed the basin at its peak, study claims

• <b>Scientists estimate 8-50 million people lived in Amazon basin at its peak</b>• <b><br>They say 83 species of plant were domesticated and farmed in the area</b>• <b><br>Human</b> …

Llama Geoglyphs Found in Nazca, Peru

YAMAGATA, JAPAN—A team from Yamagata University has found an additional 24 images etched into the dust in urban areas of Nazca, Peru, using a 3-D …

Archaeology

New pre-Inca tombs and Mochica temple found

Your message has been sent<p>Archaeologists discovered 14 pre-Inca tombs and a Mochica temple dating back to around 4,000 years ago in the region of …

Archaeology

Discovery of metal vessels "will change the story about Chachapoyas"

Your message has been sent<p>They might not be as sacred as the Holy Grail, but two metal vessels recently discovered in Chachapoyas are turning heads …

Archaeology

Ancient Caral civilisation: 3,800-year-old statuettes of priestess and politicians discovered in Peru

Three statuettes created Peru's ancient Caral civilisation have been discovered by archaeologists, depicting political leaders and a priestess.<p>The …

Ancient History

Two Chavin gargoyles found in Chaupimarca, Pasco

Your message has been sent<p>Two stone gargoyles associated with the pre-Hispanic Chavin culture have been discovered on a the town wall of Chaupimarca, …

Peru

Brutal Brawls And Cranial Surgery Discovered On Ancient Skeletons From Lake Titicaca

Jutting out into Lake Titicaca, the Copacabana Peninsula today boasts some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches flanked by verdant terraces and colorful houses nestled into the cliffside. It will come as no surprise that people have lived along the shores of Titicaca nearly continuously since at …

Archaeology