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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Ancient Peruvian Tombs a Gold Mine for Archaeologists

While leading a team digging near a pyramid ramp in the ancient city of Pachacamac in Peru, archaeologist Peter Eeckhout of the Free University of Brussels uncovered no less than 69 intact tombs and funerary bundles, containing a wealth of artifacts that escaped the ravages of time and looting. The finds represent a veritable gold mine for scholars attempting to reconstruct the lifeways and culture of people who settled and worshiped here over successive time periods. Evidence suggests that pilgrims and families came here to seek cures from an oracle for diseases like cancer, tuberculosis and cancer. The remains of the ancient ceremonial city of Pachacamac contain an array of mud-brick pyramids and plazas, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Peru.

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