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Pyramid Reportedly Damaged in Peru

Monday, July 01, 2013

(Dibojutri, via Wikimedia Commons)LIMA, PERU—Reports from Peru suggest that part of the 5,000-year-old site of El Paraiso has been destroyed. The pyramid, thought to be one of the oldest monumental structures in the Americas, was constructed with 100,000 tons of rock and was probably used for religious rites or rituals. Archaeologist Marco Guillén Hugo thinks the destruction was caused by private construction companies that want the state land. “This isn’t the first time they have tried to take over this land. They say they are the owners, even though this land is untouchable,” he explained.