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5,000-year-old pyramid destroyed in Peru


A 5,000-year-old pyramid has been destroyed by two construction companies in Lima, Peru.

Archaeologist Frederic Engel said in a report that El Paraiso could have held between 1500 and 3000 inhabitants and required over 100,000 tons of rock to construct, which was taken from the hills surrounding the structure, and was likely used for religious and ritual purposes. Evidence shows the culture living there was from the Late Pre-Ceramic Age (2000-3000 B.C.E).

Despite its obvious importance to Peruvian culture, this pyramid was knocked down and later burned by several clandestine groups that entered the site on Saturday.

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Story: Emily Culver, Peru This Week | Photo: El Comercio

One thought on “5,000-year-old pyramid destroyed in Peru

  1. This was one of the most upsetting news I’ve heard for some time (since the demolition of the Buddha statue in Afghanistan). Is it just money or religion that drives people to act like this?

    I really hope the responsible persons will get a really hard punishment.

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