Workers digging gas lines in Peru find 2,000-year-old grave

Excavators discover 29 human burial sites with more than a thousand years of antiquity on an ancient ceremonial site in Lambayeque, 750 kilometers north of Lima
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Lima: Workers laying gas pipes on a street in the Peruvian capital Lima have come across the remains of a pre-Hispanic tomb that included 2,000-year-old ceramic burial vessels, an archaeologist said Thursday.

“This discovery that we see today is 2,000 years old,” archaeologist Cecilia Camargo told AFP on the site.

“So far, we have recovered six human bodies, including children and adults, along with a set of ceramic vessels specially designed to bury them.”

Experts believe that the Lima district site in La Victoria may be linked to the culture known as “Blanco sobre Rojo” or “Blanc sur rouge”, which settled on the central coast of Peru in the valleys. from Chillon, Rimac and Lurin, the three rivers that cross Lima.

“So far we have recovered around 40 ships of different shapes related to the White on Red style,” said Camargo, head of the cultural heritage department of the Calidda natural gas company.

“Some bottles are very distinctive from this period and this style, which have a double spout and a bridge handle,” Camargo said.

As finds of ancient artifacts and remains are common in Peru, all utility companies that excavate have in-house archaeologists, including Calidda, a Colombian-funded company that distributes natural gas in Lima and the port. neighbor of Callao.

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