Archaeology

Archaeologists discover Tiahuanaco tomb in southern Peru

By Rachel Chase

Joint Polish-Peruvian dig was able to recover a number of undamaged artifacts.

Archaeologists discover Tiahuanaco tomb in southern Peru

(Photo: Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria)

Archaeologists working in the Tambo Valley in the southern region of Arequipa recently discovered a tomb built by members of the Tiahuanaco culture.

El Comercio reports that a team of archaeologists from Wroclaw University and Poland and the Universidad Católica de Santa Maria in Arequipa found the tomb near the town of Punta de Bombon. Though the tomb had apparently been looted by antiquities traders, investigators were able to recover human remains as well as several other significant artifacts.

According to El Comercio, two artifacts found by the team are especially important for archaeologists’ understanding of the Tiahuanaco people: a funerary bundle and a ceramic ceremonial offering.

The archaeologists worked on the excavation from March until May. In addition to the Tiahuanaco tombs, they discovered graves from cultures that inhabited the area in later years. Because the Tiahuanaco are not known to have widely expanded this close to the coast, the investigators are saying the tombs are an isolated case instead of evidence of a previously-unknown settlement.

The Tiahuanaco people lived in southern Peru and Bolivia and are best known for the Tiahuanaco city archaeological site in Bolivia. El Comercio reports that the tombs found in Arequipa were likely constructed between 600 AD and 800 AD.

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