The recently discovered tomb is thought to date from AD 1000 and at 20-metres long is the largest to be found at Pachacamac. Even though the site is located just 20 miles south of Lima and is one of the most important pre-Hispanic sites in South America, it has far less visitors than other ancient ruins in the country.
Archaeologists from a Belgian University discovered around 70 skeletons, wearing false wooden heads, and a number of babies and infants. The tomb contained the remains of people of all ages and both sexes; experts are now hoping the discovery will help their understanding of the people who lived here.
Linda Harris, product manager for Explore – one of the few UK tour operators to visit the ruins – commented: “We are very excited to hear about the discovery of a tomb at Pachacamac, especially so as it’s the largest one yet to be found at the site.”
She continued: “Pachacamac is a historical landmark; it’s a large but little known site, containing well preserved Inca and Pre-Inca ruins. Pachacamac is well worth a visit, and those journeying on the Panamerican Highway should spare a few hours from their journey to explore this significant and intriguing site.”
World Heritage Status has been sought for the Pachacamac ruins, which are under threat from climate change, weather and Lima’s ever-increasing population. Some hope this discovery will aid the World Heritage Status to be declared soon.