Ancient Aquatic Tomb Discovered in Peru
Archaeologists have discovered an aquatic tomb in northern Peru on Tuesday they say belongs to an important noble from the Lambayeque culture, buried here in the 12th or 13th century A.D.
The tomb was discovered at the Chotuna-Chornancap archaeological site about 8 miles west of the city of Chiclayo on Peru's northern coast.
The figure, whose sex has not yet been determined, was buried with dozens of offerings, including an ornate chest plate made of gold, silver and copper, signifying a high rank in the Lambayeque culture.
The figure was found buried below the only known female from the culture to have been entombed in the culture's unique and elaborate style, the religious figure known as the priest of Chornancap.
The culture's most famous descendent is the Lord of Sipan, dubbed the "Tutankhamen of the Americas," who was discovered just a few miles from here in 1987 and hailed from the ancient Moche culture, which flourished on Peru's coast from about 100 AD to 600 AD.
The newly found tomb was lined with precious metals and stones like the blue lapis lazuli, Caribbean seashells valued in the ancient culture and a number of ceramics.
All these items are a testament to the figure's rank, but more interesting perhaps, is the fact that the noble was buried with three other figures found here.
[Fausto Saldana, Archaeologist]:
"We also have three other companions which up to now have been found at the lower extremities of the figure. We also have the chest plates which are made of three materials like the spondylus shell, turquoise stones and lapis lazuli as well which is a blue stone brought from Chile."
Peru is a country rich in ancient treasure. It has hundreds of sites that date back thousands of years and span dozens of cultures, including the ancient Incan empire that was in power when Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500s.