Work on Olmos Project turns up ancient Sican cemetery
|Excavation of a Sican burial [Credit: Sican Archaeological|
The individuals buried in the tombs were accompanied by offerings that included ceramics and textiles, as well as metal pieces with gold-plated copper.
In August last year, workers on the same stretch of the huge Olmos project uncovered 12 boot-shaped tombs, near the archaeological site of La Huaca.
Workers are planning to remove the new-found tombs in order to continue the Olmos project, a multi-million dollar irrigation project that will pump water from the Eastern Amazon through the Andes and to Peru’s northern desert coast. The project is being developed by Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.
Before the construction of infrastructure or the development of natural resource projects, companies are required to carry out archaeological research as part of their environmental impact studies, in order to save any findings that would be damaged by a project.
The archaeological finds from Olmos will be transferred to the Brüning Museum in Lambayeque. The director of the museum, Carlos Wester La Torre, called on Odebrecht to carry out further archaeological work in Olmos, where little archaeological information is available despite known sites from the Sican and Chimu cultures.
Source: Peruvian Times [January 10, 2014]