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Inca tomb dug under the home of Peru’s capital | Archeology

Written by Javed Iqbal

Researchers have excavated a tomb from the Inca era under a home in the heart of Peru‘s capital, Lima, a funeral believed to contain remains wrapped in cloth along with pottery and fine ornaments.

Leading archaeologist Julio Abanto told Reuters the 500-year-old tomb contained “several burial bundles” tightly wrapped in cloth.

He said the burials were probably from the elite of the Ruricancho community, a culture that once populated present-day Lima before the powerful Inca came to rule a vast empire across western South America in the 15th century.

Famous for their gold and sophisticated designs, including the royal retreat at the top of Machu Picchuthe Incas were defeated by Spanish invaders in 1532.

Hipolito Tica, the owner of the house in Lima, said he was overwhelmed with emotion at the surprise find. “It’s amazing. I really have no other words to describe it,” he said, expressing hope that future generations in the working-class San Juan de Lurigancho neighborhood would better appreciate the rich history surrounding them.

Excavations began in May after Tica’s construction plans for his property triggered a required archaeological investigation. The district of Lima is known for hundreds of earlier archeological finds from cultures that developed before and after the Incas.

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