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Ancient Sican tomb unearthed in northern Peru
October 25, 2011
Archaeologists in Lambayeque, Peru, have uncovered a 900-year-old Sican tomb, believed to be the final resting place of an elite figure in society.
"We have been digging since last February and in the zone we called the Palace, a chamber had been detected and that led to the discovery of the tomb of someone very important of the Lambayeque elite, approximately from the 12th century. His burial was preceeded by a series of offerings," said a local archaeologist.
ITN News reported that the burial chamber is more than nine hundreds years old and it was found in the Chotuna-Chornancap area, known to have ceremonial significance.
"On reaching the level of the burial the person's tomb appeared, first with a crown of copper and silver, a copper mask with teeth, a necklace of disks and other ornaments made of copper," the archaeologist added.
Those items will help researchers piece together information on burial traditions and they also hope to be able to work out more about the life of the clearly important person.
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