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Tomb raiders - Archaeologists unearth 1,000-year-old Sican burial site in Peru
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Tomb raiders - Archaeologists unearth 1,000-year-old Sican burial site in Peru

Peru, Pomac
August 25, 2022 at 15:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Archaeologists working at the Pomac site in northern Peru have uncovered a number of tombs which could shed new light on the ancient Sican people who lived there, as seen in footage on Tuesday.

"Now we find a tomb under this wall and higher up we find five burials," said Go Matsumoto, from the Yamagata University in Japan. "They are the burials of infants and perhaps young adults. Immediately above these burials we find a layer of ash, burned earth with garbage, perhaps with remnants of feasts."

Footage shows workers at the site, excavating the skeletons as well as pieces of pottery and ancient tools.

"We do not know why the conservation status is not very good, so it is a bit difficult to identify the features that indicate the exact sex and age," said the scientist. "We are talking about the Middle Sican period of the Lambayeque Sican culture a thousand years ago, more or less from the 10th century."

The Sican people lived in the region between the 8th and 14 centuries.

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Archaeologists working at the Pomac site in northern Peru have uncovered a number of tombs which could shed new light on the ancient Sican people who lived there, as seen in footage on Tuesday.

"Now we find a tomb under this wall and higher up we find five burials," said Go Matsumoto, from the Yamagata University in Japan. "They are the burials of infants and perhaps young adults. Immediately above these burials we find a layer of ash, burned earth with garbage, perhaps with remnants of feasts."

Footage shows workers at the site, excavating the skeletons as well as pieces of pottery and ancient tools.

"We do not know why the conservation status is not very good, so it is a bit difficult to identify the features that indicate the exact sex and age," said the scientist. "We are talking about the Middle Sican period of the Lambayeque Sican culture a thousand years ago, more or less from the 10th century."

The Sican people lived in the region between the 8th and 14 centuries.