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Huaca Pucllana: a pre-Columbian cemetery amid the modern bustle

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In a residential area of ​​the capital, this historic site, built between 800 and 1000 AD, stands up to the modern buildings and pollution.

Attributed to the Wari culture, a Middle Horizon civilisation that flourished in the south-central Andes and coastal areas from about 500 to 1000 AD, this recently excavated necropolis is a great boon to the neighbourhood.

Strange to imagine that this place, once dedicated to motorcycle racing, houses so many treasures, including a massive pyramid, which survived because its adobe bricks, positioned vertically, enabled the building to withstand severe earthquakes. In 2013, research by the Huaca Pucllana, funded by the municipality of Miraflores, brought about a breakthrough in the study of this unknown civilisation, when two intact pre-Columbian mummies, a child and an adult, were unearthed.

The skeletal remains of other women were also exhumed, probably the victims of sacrificial ceremonies to the gods. A small exhibition room and guided tour shed light on the secrets of this ancient culture.

Huaca Pucllana
Calle General Borgoño cuadra 8 S/n
Miraflores
Lima

+51 (0)1 617 7148

huacapucllanamiraflores.pe

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