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Intact tomb for 80 people opened in Peru

A team of researchers working at Pachacamac in Peru have opened up a 1,000-year-old tomb containing the remains of 80 individuals.

A scatter of later period burials was found to conceal an enormous burial chamber 20 metres long ; miraculously, it had survived the pillaging of the colonial period — which was particularly intensive on this site — and was completely intact.

The tomb is oval in outline, excavated into the earth and covered with a roof of reeds supported by carved and shaped tree trunks. A dozen newborn babies and infants were distributed around the perimeter, their heads oriented towards the tomb. The main chamber was seperated into two sections, separated by a wall of mud bricks which served as a base for yet more burials.

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Story: ScienceDaily | Photo: Libre de Bruxelles, Universit

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