Archaeological Digs

Archaeologists in Peru found 20 wooden sculptures of 800 years in the largest pre-Columbian archaeological site in America.

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An expert is trying to uncover one of the 20 wooden sculptures discovered in the city of Chan Chan. A: AFP

Except for one, the statues were preserved in the archaeological site of Chan Chan, a city that was once the capital of the Chimu Kingdom. The Chimu Kingdom dates back to the Inches.

Can Chan, located in Trujillo, northeast of Peru, is located on a square of 20 square kilometers, located on a square of six square kilometers and consisted of 10 palaces surrounded by walls.

Each of the sculptures found is 70 centimeters long and is located in a thousand-year-old building, niches on the wall of a ceremonial hallway decorated with high mud reliefs. The corridor was discovered by Utzh An or the Grand Chimu Palace.

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Wooden sculptures about 70 cm tall. A: AFP

Olma The sculpture is an important discovery in terms of the age and the quality of its decoration, Kültür said Minister of Culture Patricia Balbuena.

Arturo Paredes, an archaeologist carrying out excavations in the area, says that black sculptures have beige clay masks and that they are the oldest statues known in Chan Chan.

Each statue stands with a circular object on its back, which is likely to be a shield.

The ceremonial hallway is decorated with squares such as a chessboard and high relief wave motifs. At the same time, the corridor features images of the İspanyol moon animal san, a legendary symbol of pre-Spanish cultures on the northern coast of Peru.

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Aerial view of the 30-meter corridor opening to the room where archaeologists recently found 20 wooden sculptures. A: AFP

Chimu culture developed on the northern coast of Peru between 900 and 1450 AD, and in its brightest period, the capital Chan Chan had a population of 30,000. Chan Chan means bright sun.

To date, only 14 square kilometers of the original complex remained, but this section is under threat from climate, looting and housing violations. The city attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.

About 500 people, 50 of whom are archaeologists, are working on research and conservation projects.

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