Ancient Inca tomb discovered under house in Peruvian capital

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LIMA, June 22 (Reuters) – Scientists have unearthed an Inca-era tomb in the heart of Peru’s capital Lima, archaeologists said on Wednesday, a burial dug beneath a workers’ house and believed to contain noble remains wrapped in fabric next to ceramics and beautiful ornaments.

Chief archaeologist Julio Abanto told Reuters the 500-year-old tomb contains “several burial packages” tightly wrapped in cloth.

He said those buried were likely elites of Riricancho society, a culture that once populated present-day Lima before the mighty Inca came to rule a sprawling empire that spanned the length of western South America in the 1400s.

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Famous for their gold and elaborate constructions, including the mountaintop royal retreat of Machu Picchu, the Incas were conquered by Spanish invaders in 1532.

Hipolito Tica, the owner of the house in Lima, said in an interview that he was overwhelmed with emotion at the surprise discovery.

“It’s amazing. I really don’t have any other words to describe it,” he said, expressing hope that future generations of working-class San Juan de Lurigancho will better appreciate the rich history that surrounds them.

Excavations began last month after Tica’s reconstruction plans for his property sparked a required archaeological survey in a district of Lima known for hundreds of past archaeological finds from cultures that developed before and after the Inca.

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Reporting by Carlos Valdez; Written by Carolina Pulice; Editing by David Alire Garcia and Lisa Shumaker

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