5,000-year-old pyramid-like structure found in northern Peru

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A pyramid-like structure at least 5,000 years old, allegedly devoted to ceremonial purposes, was unveiled thanks to excavation works conducted at Sechin archaeological complex in Casma Province of Ancash Region in northern Peru.

5,000-year-old pyramid-like structure found in northern Peru
Credit: Andina

It is a stepped structure, at least 3.20 metres high and 5 metres wide. Sechin Archaeological Project archaeologists and workers had to excavate some 6 metres of soil and remove stones in order to unearth it.




Archaeologist Monica Suarez, coordinator at Sechin Archaeological Project, commented that the pyramid is located within the south-central part of the main building. It is believed that it was used for ceremonial purposes.

5,000-year-old pyramid-like structure found in northern Peru
5,000-year-old pyramid-like structure found in northern Peru
Credit: Andina

“It is of great importance in these ceremonial sites. It served a ceremonial purpose, but we need to make further analysis (…),” she said in statements to Andina news agency.




Additionally, the team of researchers discovered two skulls —one of an adult and one of a child— and a dismembered body on the side, which makes the theory of ceremonial practices gain traction.

5,000-year-old pyramid-like structure found in northern Peru
5,000-year-old pyramid-like structure found in northern Peru
Credit: Andina

The researcher stressed the possibility that the stepped, pyramid-shaped structure served as a ladder to get to a higher level.

“There is an adobe wall at the top, with fingerprints of Sechin inhabitants visible in the mud. They are believed to be a symbol of their work,” she said.

Source: Andina [November 21, 2019]

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