Nine Pre-Inca Burials Found in Lima Neighborhood
By Dialogo July 23, 2009Lima, 22 July (EFE).- Peruvian archeologists have found nine burials in a “huaca,” a pyramidal pre-Inca construction, in the Lima neighborhood of Magdalena del Mar, the discoverers announced today. “There are nine individuals, one extended and the rest in fetal position,” EFE was told by archeologist Roberto Quispe, who specified that the bodies, discovered last week in the Huantille huaca, were covered with up to three layers of cloth. In addition, a number of ceramic vessels and gourd cups or bowls were found together with the individuals buried in fetal position. Although more extensive analysis still needs to be done to determine their origin, the bodies are presumed to belong to the Ishma culture, which flourished in the Late Intermediate Period (between 1000 and 1400 CE) on the central Peruvian coast and was centered in the locality of Pachacamac, about forty kilometers south of Lima. According to Quispe, the individual in extended position would have been buried during the last years that the Huantille huaca was in use. Since excavations began in Huantille, a score of bodies, forty vessels, and around fifteen spindles have been discovered, among other pre-Inca objects. The Huantille huaca has been recovered from a state of abandonment, at the initiative of the Magdalena del Mar local government and with the support of the National Institute of Culture. Until 2007 Huantille lay forgotten under tons of debris and garbage, in addition to having been invaded by drug addicts and even a brick factory.