More tombs at the La Pava de Mochumí site

March 4th, 2010

Five more tombs have been discovered at the La Pava de Mochumí where recently the 800 year old tomb of a shaman was found, just outside Chiclayo, the archaeology meca of Peru.

Continued work on the site by specialists lead by Luis Sánchez has led to the uncovering of more tombs that will help shed light on post-Moche Sicán (or Lambayeque) civilisation, builders of great pyramids in the Pomac forest and the city of Túcume between 800 and 1400 A.D.

In the newly discovered tombs were found gold and copper offerings, as well as ceremonial knifes and other items of the Sicán elite.

Also discovered were a number of Huaco Rey, ceramic items typical of the Lambayeque people.

Peru has destined 1.5 million soles, about 540,000 dollars, to archaeological investigations in the region which over various centuries was home to the Moche, Chimú and Sicán.

Mochumí is located in one of the ancient world’s most important but relatively unheard-of centres of civilisation, one that features countless hundreds of towering pyramids, thousands of temples, and the ancient world’s longest artificial water channels.

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