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International News: Archaeologists discover 3,000-year-old priest’s tomb in northern Peru

Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2023. 7:22 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: According to a recent report by Yahoo News, a team of Japanese and Peruvian archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery: a 3,000-year-old tomb of an ancient priest. This significant find was uncovered in northern Peru, alongside several intriguing ceramic offerings.

The tomb was found at the Pacopampa archaeological site, located in the Cajamarca region, about 900 kilometers north of Lima. Juan Pablo Villanueva, one of the archaeologists on the team, said, “We have recently discovered the tomb of a 3,000-year-old figure… He is one of the first priests in the Andes to have a series of offerings.”

It was highlighted that the funerary context of the discovery remains intact.

Detailing the positioning of the body, it was reported that the remains lay with its lower extremities slightly flexed, oriented from south to north. Nearby, on the tomb’s western side, were small spherical ceramic bowls, a bone spatula exquisitely carved, and other ceremonial offerings. Unique seals bearing anthropomorphic face designs and another with a jaguar were also found at the site.

The burial, circumscribed by a three-meter diameter and one-meter depth, had been protected by multiple layers of ash and soil.

Yuji Seki, a Japanese archaeologist who has dedicated 18 years of his life to the Pacopampa site, conveyed the gravity of this discovery, stating, “The find is extremely important because he is one of the first priests to begin to control the temples in the country’s northern Andes.” Researchers surmise that this priest lived circa 1,000 BC, a testament to the emergence of “powerful leaders in the Andes,” even in that ancient time.

Remarkably, this isn’t the first significant find for this team. In September 2022, these archaeologists stumbled upon another tomb, which they christened “The Priest of the Pututos”, owing to musical instruments made of seashells called pututos found alongside.

Notably, the Pacopampa site, perched at an altitude of 2,500 meters, boasts nine monumental ceremonial edifices crafted from carved and polished stone. Past discoveries at this rich archaeological site include the “Lady of Pacopampa,” unearthed in 2009, and two “Jaguar Serpent priests,” found in 2015. Both are estimated to date back to around 700-600 BC.

 

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