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Recent excavations have uncovered the temple where the first fishing village Gramalote 3,500 years ago, settled at the ocean front Huanchaquito, officiated their mysterious rituals.
It is a stone building made in the highest part of town. It has in the center a ceremonial patio, tiered and what could be some sort of stand. There are still traces of a fire that possibly prevented the villagers will kill for years.
Were also found private rooms at the back of the temple. What is special about these spaces is that a large corridor connecting them and the floor was made of stone.
Until recently it was thought that these people engaged in fishing of sharks walking hours to the middle of the valley to pay tribute to their gods in the pyramids known today as Dead Horse and Huaca de los Reyes in Laredo. But this finding has shown that in Gramalote had their temple and perhaps even their deities.
The center of the square was covered with reeds supported by four posts. Even the holes dug to hold and these archaeologists found three corpses of children are observed. Presumably were sacrificed, a practice that was then repeated in the Temples of the Sun and Moon and, centuries later, in Chan Chan.
Is it possible for three millennia ago and has been the figure of the governor or the priest or person in charge of leading the rites? And if there was, where he lived and where his body is buried?
THE RED MEN.
A proven fact is that these fishermen body dyed red. Although still difficult to determine for what purpose, it is believed that they used to go fishing.
Last year, Franco Regulus archaeologist discovered a mine in Cerro Campana. They thought it was cinnabar, but the specialist pigments of the French Institute of Andean Studies Veronique Wright determined that it was hematite.
This coincided with stones, the mills, ceramics, shells and even dyed red bodies that were found in Gramalote. Mineral analysis is conclusive. The material they extracted from this mine and then processed by grinding and mixing it with fat sea lion.
Just one of the seven bodies found in the tombs of the temple had chest bones red and next to it a small ceramic bowl with traces of pigment.
"There is evidence that sharks have a developed sense of smell. Maybe this pigment prevented these animals flee warned by the presence of humans, "said Prieto.
Despite these findings, it remains to solve who had access to the temple, how long did the construction, what was its true purpose and what other secrets will remain buried in the unexplored area.
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