Tomb of a teenager buried for over 1600 yrs discovered in Peru

Washington, Aug 16 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a teenager of Mochica community, buried more than 1,600 years ago in Peru.

It was found 16 meters away from the tomb of Great Lord of Sipan, reports

The discoverer of the Lord of Sipan, Peru's Walter Alva, explained that eight days ago he proceeded to clean the grave in a hitherto unexplored area in northern Peru.

The tomb is located on the same funeral platform where the Lord of Sipan was found in 1987.

The researchers have located the entrance to a tomb consisting of a trench two feet wide and four meters long containing a cane coffin.

Inside the coffin, lay the remains of a teenager, apparently male, 1.35 meters high who would have between 12 and 14 years old, said Alva.

In the absence of definitive research, the remains found date from the fourth century AD or so, a date prior to the death of the Lord of Sipan, he added.

Also, Alva explained that the with the coffin, four large jars with food waste were found, while inside there were other four vessels and some copper ornaments in the form of headgear.

Among the ceramics, the archaeologist said there was a realistic representation of a peanut, which had been represented, in the Lord of Sipan's metal collar.

"The Mochica (groundnuts) had a special meaning related to the cult of the dead and the cycles of regeneration because it is a flowering plant,which is then re-buried and germinates. It is the metaphor of the world of the living and the dead, " added Alva. (ANI)

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