Skip to comments.Peru Ruins Reveal Their History
Posted on 05/18/2005 12:31:00 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Mummies of different epochs were among the finds Archaeologists digging at the ruins of Pachacamac in Peru say they have discovered a multi-level burial site.
Mummy bundles of entire families were found in the graves from various eras, built on top of each other, they say.
The researchers described the find as "exceptional" as the previously ignored cemetery had not been looted and is completely intact.
Pachacamac, south of the capital, Lima, is thought to have been ruled by the Ychsma lords from 900 to 1470.
The Incas turned it into a place of pilgrimage and it was abandoned after the Spanish conquest. Today, the sprawling ruins attract many tourists.
Peter Eeckhout, who heads the team of archaeologists working there, said the discovery would help to reveal how different cultures used the area.
The Incas turned Pachacamac into a place of pilgrimage "We have encountered superimposed burials - so one beneath the other - which represent several different cultures and periods of the site," he said.
Some 69 tombs have been excavated in the area.
Mr Eeckhout said mummies of different epochs, including mummy bundles containing whole families, were among the finds.
The excavations, which began in 1999, are part of Project Ychsma.
Mr Eeckhout said the conditions of many of the remains suggest that, at one stage in history, ill people came to the area to seek cures for their ailments, perhaps from an oracle.
"In the upper layer of burials, we have an abnormal proportion of individuals who were suffering from very grave and lethal diseases, such as syphilis, tuberculosis and cancer," he said.
Real Old Dusty Sh*t Ping.
"So you see, fellow mummies, each of you recruits three mummies, and they each recruit three more, and you'll have several downlines providing you wealth and financial independance."
Syphilis? I wonder what the dating on that diseased individual would be? I always thought syphilis came to Europe from the explorations in the New World. It if pre-dated the Spanish invasion, that would be proof positive it was existent in the New World.
Tuberculosis may be a very ancient disease. If it existed simultaneously in the New World and the Old World its origins amongst human populations may go back 100,000 years. The first "Indians" to enter the New World may have brought it with them.
Carbon date those mummies 'cause supposedly syphilis was introduced by the Europeans.
thanks, will add to the catalog.
Archaeologists Uncover Tombs at Peruvian Ruins
Scotsman.com | May 17, 2005
Posted on 05/16/2005 11:33:20 PM PDT by rdl6989
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