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Peruvian archaeologists found a megalithic temple from 3,000 years ago which was used to stage pagan rituals of worship to water in ancient Peru, reported researcher Walter Alva.
They also discovered 21 tombs in this place, located in the huaca (sanctuary) El Toro, in Oyotún, district of the Lambayeque region, 800 km north of Lima.
“We have discovered a small megalithic temple that is 3,000 years old. It was sacred (for ceremonies) of worshiping water, of great importance ”, said Alva from Chiclayo, capital of the Lambayeque region.
The temple, which extends over an area of 40 meters long and 56 wide, still has remains of large stone blocks. Imposing walls surround the monument. A central stairway 10 meters wide and 15 meters long was also found, Alva explained.
In the place stands out a square with an altar, which is presumed used to make offerings of worship to water. Water was considered a divinity by the settlers. The site was discovered a few weeks ago, but its find was disclosed a few days ago to avoid the presence of treasure looters.
“This discovery is unique because it is the only megalithic architecture in Lambayeque”Alva pointed out. The archaeologist indicated that they have identified a circular column, where evidence of sedimentation from rainfall and rituals was found.
“This temple is looking at the mountain. This place is strictly ceremonial due to the signs of burning that took place ”, he added.
“Rituals were performed for fertility”, Highlighted Alva. In the place, 21 tombs were also discovered, of which 20 belong to the Chimú culture (12th to 14th centuries) and a dates from the formative period of America (1500 BC to 292 AD). Along with the tombs, pieces of pottery and metal objects such as tupus (knives) were found.
Copper rings from a child were found in two burials. The temple was later reused in the period of the Chimú Inca culture, as evidenced by the 20 burials from the Chimú period that correspond to the years 1000 to 1470 AD, archaeologists refer.