The tomb was built as a large conical hole one meter in diameter, sealed with a large natural rock weighing more than half a ton.
A 3,000-year-old tomb was discovered at the Pacopampa Archaeological Complex, located in the department of Cajamarca, in northern Peru, the Ministry of Culture reported Tuesday.
The tomb was built as a large conical hole one meter in diameter, sealed with a large natural rock weighing more than half a ton; Y inside it had offeringswhich included a trousseau of exotic objects, necklaces of seashell (white) and malachite (green) beads, and semi-precious stone earrings.
According to the institution, this tomb belongs to the so-called “Priest of the Pututos”a character who died between the ages of 25 and 35, and in whose discovery several “pututos” stand out.
The pututos, explains the portfolio of Culture, are musical and ritual artifacts in the form of trumpetsmade with large seashells, from the coasts of Tumbes and Guayaquil (Ecuador).
The pututos discovered in Pacopampa are older than those found in Kuntur Wasi, other archaeological sites in Cajamarca, and in Chavin de Huantar, Ancash department, the institution detailed.
According to the evidence found, this important priestly leader occupied the ceremonial center around 1,000 BCtime prior to the existence of the “Lady of Pacopampa” and the “Priests of the Jaguar Serpent”, found together with offerings of gold, ceramics, among other objects, dating from 700 to 600 BC
These other characters were found by the same researchers in 2009 and 2015, respectively.
Studies at the Pacopampa Archaeological Complex, considered the most important and extensive in the northern highlands of Peru, have been carried out by Peruvian and Japanese researchers for 17 years, within the framework of the International Cooperation agreement, in which the Universidad Nacional Mayor participates. of San Marcos and the Ethnographic Museum of Japan.
The latest finding was presented by project directors Yuji Seki and Daniel Morales.