UPDATED 5:41 PM PT – Friday, June 24, 2022
Archaeologists uncovered an ancient tomb in Peru’s Capital. Scientists unearthed an Inca-era tomb under a house in Lima, which is believed to be at least 500-years-old.
The tomb contained “multiple funerary tombs” wrapped in cloth, fine ornaments and some ceramics. It’s believed to have likely belonged to elites from the Riricancho society, which ruled the region prior to the Incas.
“It was something I didn’t expect,” said Hipolito Tica, the owner of the house in Lima. “I didn’t know exactly what was there. I have no words to describe it. I hope that the next generations will know what we have found here. We thought there was only soil here, but there is a lot of history underneath that soil.”
The Inca were conquered by Spanish invaders in 1532. They were famed for their gold and sophisticated constructions, including the mountaintop royal retreat of Machu Picchu.
The site was discovered during an excavation that began in May, after the homeowners renovation pans required an archaeological survey. Lima has been a popular site for archaeological finds from before and after the Inca.