Mochican temple from 1500 BCE discovered in Peru
February, 04 2011
Living in Peru
A major temple of the Mochica culture and a group of tombs from the cultures that inhabited the north coast of Peru from 1500 BCE until the Spanish era have been discovered in the Lambayeque region.
Edgar Bracamonte, the archaeologist responsible for the project, told El Comercio that the findings show that this region, famous for the discovery of the Lord of Sipan, still holds many surprises.
Work on the Santa Rosa site began last November and are part of a series of projects that include new explorations.
The result of archaeological work to date are 14 graves belonging to the Chimu, Lambayeque and Inca cultures, and nine others have been found battered and open, by the same ancient cultures that were populating the area over the centuries.
"What we found on the site is the whole sequence of cultural occupation of the northern coast of Peru's Lambayeque Valley, from the Inca period until the arrival of the Spaniards in the area," Bracamonte concluded.
Also discovered is a Mochica temple made from adobe, dated between 550 and 800 CE.