They discover an “unusual” burial with skeletal remains of 25 individuals in an archaeological complex in Peru

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A team of archaeologists announced on Thursday morning the discovery of bone remains of 25 individuals in a tomb located in the archaeological zone of Chan Chan, in the province of Trujillo (Peru), informs the Andina news agency.

The head of the research project, Jorge Meneses, described the discovery as “unusual” and explained that the remains correspond to women of no more than 30 years, two infants and two adolescents, who were buried next to textile objects.

The grave was discovered in an esplanade of the Utzh An or Great Chimú walled complex, one of the nine walled complexes of the pre-Columbian city of Chan Chan. The complex, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was built on the north coast of Peru by the Chimúes.

The skeletal remains were found placed on two levels of a ten square meter embankment. Along with them were several objects related to textile work, in addition to 70 vessels, so it is thought that the buried people were related to that type of work.

For her part, the director of the Chan Chan Archaeological Research Program, Sinthya Cueva, pointed out that these are remains of members of the Chimú elite, and that the levels are due to burials from different historical periods, where the latter sought to rest nearby of their ancestors.

“We are finding individuals and not simple ones, but of a more relevant category due to the amount of objects offered next to them. It is possible that we are passing over more remains,” said the specialist.

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Cueva also explained that the find in that archaeological zone was something unexpected for the team and especially finding so many people in such a small area. “This sector is really giving us many satisfactions in the field of research, contributing to the knowledge of our ancestors and strengthening the national identity of Peruvians,” he concluded.

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