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800-year-old wooden statues unearthed in Peru

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:56 AM


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

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2,000-year-old mummy makes its way home to Peru

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 09:55 AM

Close-up of the 2,000-year-old mummy’s face and skull | Peruvian Ministry of Culture handout via Reuters

A 2,000-year-old mummy made its way home to Peru on Saturday (February 9) after a museum in Texas returned it to the South American country after it had been in the U.S. for decades.

Peru’s Diario el Comercio reports the mummy was probably a 2 – 4-year-old child and likely belonged to the Collagua culture that belonged to the larger Aymara group that lived in Peru’s Altiplano region.

Before making its way to Lima, the mummy had been housed at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The child mummy is wrapped in rope with its arms and legs tucked in with only the cranium and feet exposed. — Reuters

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Real-life Paddington Bear cub rescued in Peru after mother killed

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:40 AM

Rescued bear cub | REUTERS

An orphaned spectacled bear was rescued in Peru, after locals reportedly killed his mother and left the 8-month old cub tied to a tree, officials reported.

According to Peru’s environment body SERFOR, the cub was rescued in the rural area of Huancayo. It is believed that his mother was killed after posing a threat to nearby cattle farms. The cub was spared but left tied to a tree and abandoned.

The cub is now receiving round-the clock care. Weighing only six kilos (13 pounds), it was found with signs of anemia, suffering from dehydration and with injuries to its paws.

The spectacled bear is the only bear native to South America.

The World Wildlife Fund says as few as 6,000 spectacled bears may live in the Northern Andes, and that hundreds are hunted down each year in the region. — Reuters

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Portuguese archaeologists find centuries-old shipwreck

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:46 AM



Cascais, Portugal | REUTERS

Portuguese archaeologists described the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck off the coast of Cascais, near Lisbon, as the country’s “discovery of the decade,” on Monday (September 24) at a news conference in the coastal city.

The ship, discovered on September 3, 12 meters below the surface of the sea, is believed to have been sunk between 1575 and 1625 and contains spices, Chinese ceramics and the ship’s cannons engraved with Portugal’s coat of arms. Shell used as currency at the time was also found in the wreck.

The project was led by Cascais city hall with the assistance of Lisbon’s Nova University and the Portuguese government and navy. — Reuters

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