‘Unprecedented’ 1,300-year-old murals shed light on life in ancient Peru

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Pañamarca, an archaeological treasure built by the Moche people between 550 and 800 C.E., sits atop a rocky outcrop in Peru’s Nepeña Valley.

Over the years, researchers and archaeologists have been intrigued by the secrets that lie within Pañamarca, and they are now making headway and sharing their discoveries.

The Archaeological Research Project (PIA) “Paisajes Arqueológicos de Pañamarca” was established in 2018 by a team of archaeologists from across the globe, as per a news release dated March 7, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The team claims that even though they have unearthed less than 10% of the site’s vast paintings, their findings are already providing valuable insights into the ancient Moche civilization.

According to Lisa Trever, an associate professor of pre-Columbian art history and archaeology at Columbia University, the team concentrated on the pillared hall of the site, where excavations had commenced in 2010.

During their work, the team discovered paintings that date back to roughly 650-700 C.E. These findings were shared with McClatchy News.

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