A team of archaeologists found the remains of 29 people, including three children, who were buried more than a millennium ago in a pre-Inca temple in northern Peru, an investigator reported on Friday.
“They are whole bodies, there is only one that is not complete. In total we have discovered 29” bodies, “25 belong to the Mochica era and four to the Wari culture”said the head of the investigative team, Edgar Bracamonte.
The find was made a few weeks ago at the Huaca Santa Rosa de Pucalá, an ancient ceremonial center in the coastal region of Lambayeque, 750 km north of Lima.
The enclosure in the shape of the letter “D” would have been built between 800 to 900 AD.
The burials of the three children and a teenager were placed as human sacrifices, in the front of the temple, according to Bracamonte.
The other 25 burials were found in tombs with pressed clay and in burial chambers, in another temple of the Mochica culture. In addition, pieces of pottery and the remains of camelids and guinea pigs were found.
This is a significant find because for the first time offerings related to the Wari culture appear far from its area of influence, Bracamonte said.
“These findings allow us to rethink the history of the Lambayeque region, especially what is linked to the Wari and Mochica occupations in the area,” explained Bracamonte, who directs the Lambayeque Valley Archaeological Project.
The Wari culture was a civilization that flourished in the center of the Peruvian Andes, from the 7th to the 13th century AD
The Mochica or Moche culture developed between the years 100 and 700, on the north coast of Peru.
Among the notable discoveries of this culture are the intact tombs of some of its rulers, such as the Lord of Sipán (3rd century) and the Lady of Cao (5th century).