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Archaeologists Unearth a 3,000-year-old Priestly Tomb in Northern Peru

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Archaeologists Unearth a 3,000-year-old Priestly Tomb in Northern Peru International news 3 min read

A joint team of Peruvian and Japanese researchers has made a discovery of the 3,000 years old tomb of an elite religious leader, dubbed the "Priest of Pacopampa" .

The Ministry of Culture made the announcement, detailing that the find unearthed was located in the Chota area of the Cajamarca province in northern Peru. 

This site is part of the Pacopampa archaeological project, situated within an archaeological complex from the Formative Period.

The collaborative Pacopampa archaeological project, initiated in 2005, has been a joint effort between a Peruvian university and a Japanese Ethnology museum.

Over the years, this partnership has yielded other significant discoveries, including the tomb of a priest known as the "Priest of the Pututus," located in the same vicinity a year ago.

About the country Peru

  • Peru, a country in western South America. Except for the Lake Titicaca basin in the southeast, its borders lie in sparsely populated zones. 
  • The boundaries with Colombia to the northeast and Brazil to the east traverse lower ranges or tropical forests, whereas the borders with Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and Ecuador to the northwest run across the high Andes. To the west, territorial waters, reaching 200 miles (320 km) into the Pacific Ocean, are claimed by Peru.

Note: Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest of the world's largest lakes. Titicaca is one of less than twenty ancient lakes on earth, and is thought to be million years old. Lake Titicaca sits 3 810 m above sea level and is situated between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east.

  • Despite its tropical location, a great diversity of climates, ways of life, and economic activities is brought about by the extremes of elevation and by the southwest winds that sweep in across the cold Peru Current (or Humboldt Current), which flows along its Pacific shoreline. 
  • Capital of Peru is Lima.
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