Wooden sculptures unearthed at the Chan Chan archaeological complex in northern Peru
Twenty anthropomorphic wooden sculptures and an intricate adobe wall were unearthed at the Chan Chan archaeological complex in northern Peru, government officials said on Monday (October 22).
The figures and the detailed wall are thought to have been buried more than 800 years ago. Researchers say the sculptures are the oldest idols discovered to date at the Chan Chan site.
Peru’s Minister of Culture Patricia Balbuena said the figures appear to be at the entrance of an important ceremonial center or plaza. Some of the figures have what appear to be staffs and shields while others have decapitated heads.
The statues, 19 of which are in good condition, were inside a rectangular space dug in a row at the base of a wall in a corridor decorated with high relief drawings.
Officials say the 70-centimeter tall figures were created at a time before the Chan Chan culture, possibly around the year 1100. — Reuters
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019
A magnitude 8 earthquake has killed one person and injured 11 in the northern Amazon in Peru on Sunday (May 26). More than 50 homes were destroyed including schools, churches, and hospitals.
A 48-year-old man was killed after a boulder struck his home, according to emergency officials.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake was around 75 km SSE (south-southeast) of Lagunas and 180 km east of the town of Moyobamba, Peru. It was also felt in Ecuador and Colombia.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra posted on Twitter that authorities were “evaluating the affected areas” and urged people to remain calm.
Meanwhile, there are still no reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs if there are Filipinos affected by the earthquake.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019
Turtles at Lima’s Parque de las Leyendas zoo received flowers on World Turtle Day on Thursday (May 23), with zookeepers using the event to raise awareness of the dangers facing this animal.
“Currently in the world we have 300 different types of species in different parts of the world, and (that number) is going down a lot. Why should we keep them (turtles)? Because each animal is an important part of the ecosystem in our world,” said Zookeeper Mirian Cueva.
More than 40 turtles of different species reside in this enclosure, such as the endangered yellow-footed tortoise and 150-year ‘Sanson’ from the Galapagos Islands. Many turtles here were once domesticated pets that were later abandoned by their owners.
“The majority of turtles that we have here have been found, have been pets, or have been abandoned in the park. People come and leave them,” Cueva said.
“What our zoo does is keep them and takes care of them,” she added.
On World Turtle Day, students visited the park to see ‘Sanson’ feast on a bouquet of flowers and learn how they can better protect endangered turtles.
The biggest threats to turtles are human related, due to habitat loss, pollution and animal trafficking. (REUTERS)
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