The discovery by Polish archaeologists relates to the Houari culture and reveals the existence of an elite group of craftsmen dedicated to making objects of great decorative value.
– We have found a unique burial gallery with seven new graves, says archaeologist Milos Gersze.
The tombs of two women, two men, two children and a young man include jewellery, ceramics, textiles, tools and handicrafts. One of the tombs belonged to a master basket weaver who was buried with his tools and materials. The new discovery is linked to an earlier discovery made in 2012 near the present cemetery, where the mausoleum of 64 El Hawari women was found.
People wandering with archaeological treasures
Contrary to previous findings, this proves that the Huari kingdom expanded from the southern part of the country to the northern part, which was ruled by the leadership from its capital, Ayacucho. People have traveled a lot and the area is known for its vast network of roads. The kingdom belongs to the most important prehistoric cultures of Peru and was at its greatest between the years 500-1200.
Peru is rich in archaeological treasures. There are hundreds of sites dating back thousands of years and spanning dozens of cultures, including the Inca Empire that was in power when Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500s.
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