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A mass burial tomb has been uncovered in Peru, along with around 70 skeletons at the little-visited Pachacamac ruins
The recently discovered tomb is thought to date from AD 1000 and at 20-metres long is the largest to be found at Pachacamac. Even though the site is located just 20 miles south of Lima and is one of the most important pre-Hispanic sites in South America, it has far less visitors than other ancient ruins in the country.
Archaeologists from a Belgian University discovered around 70 skeletons, wearing false wooden heads, and a number of babies and infants. The tomb contained the remains of people of all ages and both sexes; experts are now hoping the discovery will help their understanding of the people who lived here.
Linda Harris, product manager for Explore – one of the few UK tour operators to visit the ruins – commented: “We are very excited to hear about the discovery of a tomb at Pachacamac, especially so as it’s the largest one yet to be found at the site.”
Originally posted by Shuye
reply to post by GmoS719
I understand what you are saying, but i'm a bit mixed about this concept. Perhaps after seeing some documentaries about ancient civilizations and artefacts, it seems that (at least for some ancient civilizations) they WANTED to be found. I mean, why these ancients have been carving so many things on stones all over the world? Why some artefacts from two completely different locations are embedded with similar sacred geometrical symbols or concepts? Why building pyramids everywhere?
We need to look at our past differently I think, the past is full of mysteries and we don't know which ancient discovery can lead us into a better understanding of what's going on here. For me, this discovery is very fascinating. Let nature be left alone and let the past be explored.
Wooden "false heads"—including this one found in the new tomb—are trademarks of the Ychsma.
The five false heads in the newfound tomb didn't cover the faces of the deceased but were placed on or wedged into their curled-up mummies.
The artifacts "likely served to bestow an identity or persona to the [mummy] bundle and to aid in that individual's passage to the afterlife," University of Illinois anthropologist Matthew Piscitelli said via email.