Scientists have discovered an Inca-era tomb under a house in the heart of Peru’s capital, Lima, a cemetery believed to contain cloth-wrapped remains as well as luxurious ceramics and ornaments.
Chief archaeologist Giulio Abantu told Reuters the 500-year-old tomb contained “several burial parcels” tightly wrapped in fabric.
Those buried, he said, may have belonged to the elite of Ruricancho society, a culture that once inhabited present-day Lima before the mighty Inca ruled a sprawling empire the length of the west. of South America in the 1400s.
It is famous for its gilded and elaborate structures, including: Royal Mountaintop Retreat at Machu Picchu The Spanish conquistadors defeated the Incas in 1532.
Hipólito Teca, the owner of the house in Lima, said he was overwhelmed with emotion when he discovered the surprise. “Something awesome. I don’t really have any other words to describe it,” he said, hoping future generations of the working-class neighborhood of San Juan de Luregancho would better appreciate the rich history that surrounds them.
Excavations began in May after Tekka’s construction plans for his property led to a much-needed archaeological survey. The Lima region is famous for hundreds of earlier archaeological finds from cultures that developed before and after the Inca.
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