Source: Xinhuanet

11-23-2006 08:24

LIMA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- A team of Peruvian and Japanese archaeologists found a thousand-year-old mausoleum in the northeastern Peruvian department of Lambayeque, Peru's Carlos Elera, one of the team leaders, told local media on Tuesday.

The team found the 35-by-15-meter mausoleum at an ancient pyramid in a thick forest in the Pomac Forest Historical Reserve, some 750 km from the capital.

Inside the mausoleum they found remains of a woman who died at the age of 20 to 25 which was surrounded with small ceramic crucibles, bronze and gold laminates, bronze spearpoints and a dozen images of the ancient Peruvian god Sican.

The archaeologists were startled to find another person, a man, who was buried in an adobe pyramid and sitting up with his legs crossed.

Elera said the man was a ruler because he had been buried with a metal crown and an earthenware pot full of such offerings as ceremonial drinking cups and knives engraved with the images of gods.

"It's the first time we have found a group of elite people buried that we have been able to document them entirely," said Elera, noting the whole archaeological process would last a year.

The archaeologists said they were planning to hold an exhibition on the discovery in 2008 in Japan's National Sciences Museum.


Editor:Lu Yuying