Trios of 3800-year-old statuettes found in Vichama, Peru

Researchers in Peru have discovered trios of statuettes which belong to some 3,800 years ago.
They were discovered by research team led by archaeologist Ruth Shady. The final discovery announcement was made by the Peruvian Cultural Ministry in Lima.
The mud statuettes were found inside a reed basket in a building at the ancient city of Vichama in northern Peru.
Key Facts

  • These statuettes are believed to be created by the ancient Caral civilization some 3,800 years ago.
  • They were Probably were used in religious rituals performed before breaking ground on a new building.
  • Among discovered statuettes, two are of the figures consisting of a naked man and woman painted in white, black and red. It is believed that they represent political authorities.
  • The third statue is of women with 28 fingers and red dots on her white face. It is believed that she represent a priestess.
  • Researchers also have unearthed two mud figurines of women’s faces wrapped in cloth and covered with yellow, blue and orange feathers.

The Caral civilization had emerged some 5,000 years ago and had lived in Peru’s Supe Valley.  They have left behind impressive architecture including pyramids and sunken amphitheaters.




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