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Archaeologists Uncover At Least 35 Ancient Tombs In Lambayeque, Peru

posted 15 Jan 2014, 18:08 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 15 Jan 2014, 18:09 ]

Excavators in Peru's Lambayeque region unearth at least 35 tombs believed to belong to the pre-hispanic Sican culture.

 LAMBAYEQUEPERU (JANUARY 15, 2014) (CH.N) -  Irrigation workers in Peru have discovered at least 35 ancient tombs while working to lay down piping in the coastal region of Lambayeque last month that are believed to be up to 1,000 years old, local media reported.

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Archaeologists supervised excavation efforts at the site on Wednesday (January 15) to recover the tombs' remains as well as pots and ceramic pieces found at the site that experts believe may have been a cemetery for the pre-hispanic Sican culture.

"At the moment, specialists have discovered between 35 to 40 tombs which are undergoing a process of conservation and consolidation. Archaeological material related with these tombs have also been discovered. Basically, ceramics and what you can see was discovered in lower part of what is a path," said site supervisor,Humberto Salini.

The skeletal remains were reportedly found in poor condition. Experts worked on their conservation at the excavation site before transferring the remains to Peru's Culture Ministry for further research and study.

The Sican culture inhabited the north coast of Peru between 750 and 1375 C.E. and preceded the Inca Empire.