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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 …

Archaeology

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

Mandibular teeth from a Moche individual showing dental calculus examined in the study.<p>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 …

Oceans

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 …

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

Ecology

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> …

Peru

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

Twelve human trophy heads and one feline trophy head have been found in a cemetery close to Toro Muerto.Excavations by Proyecto Arqueológico Uraca …

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 …

Photos: 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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

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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