Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered a burial site containing 42 skeletons next to the Hospital Real de San Andres in Peru, dating back to the Spanish invasion in the 16th century
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Archaeologists in Peru have discovered the skeletons of over 40 people, dating from the time when the country was conquered by Spanish invaders in the 16th century.
The 42 skeletons were unearthed near the Hospital Real de San Andrés, a famous building in the capital Lima that dates back to the arrival of the Spanish.
It no longer operates as a hospital but is believed to have been one of the very first in South America, built in 1552 and intended for Spanish patients.
It trained doctors and part of the hospital was also intended for the treatment of the mentally ill.
Surprisingly, the skeletons have not yet been discovered, despite having very shallow burial sites that are only 12 inches below the surface.
It’s a fascinating discovery that has led archaeologists to believe there may also be mummies of the Incas, the people who inhabited and ruled the Andean region of South America before the arrival of the Spanish.
The site consists of three sections, a central part, a church and older infirmaries.
Excavations began in 2021 and an underground brick crypt was uncovered next to the bodies, believed to have been in use for 300 years. There was also pottery from pre-Hispanic times, including glass and tiles.
Meanwhile, a team of archaeologists has also uncovered a network of passageways beneath a more than 3,000-year-old temple in the Peruvian Andes.
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The Chavin de Huantar Temple, located in the north-central Andes, was once a religious and administrative center for people across the region.
According to John Rick, a Stanford University archaeologist who was involved in the excavation, the passageways were found in early May and have features believed to have been built earlier than the temple’s labyrinthine galleries.
Located at 3,200 meters above sea level, at least 35 underground passages have been found over the years of excavation, all interconnected, dating between 1,200 and 200 years BC. in the foothills of the Andes.
“It’s a passage, but it’s very different. It’s a different form of construction. It has features from earlier periods that we’ve never seen in passages,” Rick said.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Chavin de Huantar was the inspiration and name of the operation carried out when Peruvian forces built a network of tunnels to rescue 72 people trapped by the rebel group Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA ) were taken hostage in 1997 the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima.
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