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Ancient human remains found at Lima zoo


New human burials have been uncovered in the lower part of Huaca El Rosal at Maranga Archaeological Complex, as part of the excavations carried out at Lima-based Parque de las Leyendas Zoo.

Ancient human remains found at Lima zoo
Credit: Andina
According to Archaeology Department head Lucenida Carrion, these burials reinforce the suspicion that the site used to be a 1300-year-old cemetery that dates back to the final stage of the Lima occupation.

Ancient human remains found at Lima zoo
Credit: Andina
According to the research, the burials contained two adult skeletons found with legs bent (squat position). However, one of them was buried with a pottery vessel — placed at the level of the heels — lying on its left side.

Ancient human remains found at Lima zoo
Credit: Andina
The other burial features a person's torso and face pointing to the ground, with hips turned to the right and legs stacked one on top of the other in that direction. As for the upper part of the body, the right arm is placed under the pelvis and the left one above the left leg. Given the position of the head, this one is supposed to be an offering.

Ancient human remains found at Lima zoo
Credit: Andina
Carrion reported that 17 burials have been unearthed at Huaca El Rosal between 2016 and this year. Most of the bodies were buried with pottery vessels, bottles, and stone tools.

Source: Andina [June 14, 2018]

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