First discoveries from Lima's oldest archaeological site presented
|Dating back at least 4,000 years and as many as 5,000, the El Paraiso huaca |
is Lima’s oldest archaeological site [Credit: Andina/Héctor Vinces]
"Pursuing this investigation has allowed us to answer some questions we had about this archaeological site from the Late Preceramic Period," the archaeologist said.
|The remains of a Pre-Ceramic Period woman from the El Paraiso archaeological |
site of Lima’s San Martin de Porres district [Credit: Andina/Héctor Vinces]
Among the principal finds is the head of a ceramic figure that belongs, according to Narvaez, to the final phase of Peruvian prehistory.
|The 120-acre area features eight structures, the most famous of which is |
the 20-foot tall Building 1 [Credit: Andina/Héctor Vinces]
Another discovery presented by the team was the tomb of a woman some 30 to 35 years old who stood no taller than 1.5 meters (4 feet 11 inches), which was unearthed during excavations at Building 4.
Judging by the objects buried with the woman, the experts determined that she worked at making textiles and that her diet consisted mainly of fish and seafood.
The archaeological dig at El Paraiso, which has cost more than 4 million soles ($1.17 million), is being carried out as part of a public-private contract signed by the Culture Ministry and the Andres del Castillo Museum.
Source: EFE [January 23, 2016]