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Eleven Pre-Inca Tombs Discovered Near Lima

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LIMA, PERU—Eleven intact tombs have been unearthed in Peru’s National Sports Village. The tombs were built by the Lima and Yschma cultures: the site was an administration center for the Lima culture between 200 and 700 A.D., while the Yschma lived there between 1100 and 1400 A.D. The mummies, which were resting on beds of woven reeds, had been tied with braided rattan and covered with cloth. Ceramics, seeds and agricultural tools, and leaves from fruit trees have also been found in the burials. “What we can see is what has been saved from centuries of reductions, looting and, in general, urban expansion that has been reducing and eliminating the great majority of the tombs that were there in the three valleys in the current Lima Metropolitan area,” announced Deputy Culture Minister Rafael Varon.