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Ancient Inca tomb discovered in home in Peru’s capital

City workers excavate bones found in the foundation of the building that held the former San Andres Royal Hospital in downtown Lima, Peru, Friday, May 27, 2022. The Archaeology Team of the Municipality of Lima said they found 42 tombs in the area of the hospital’s cemetery, which is 300 years old, during work to remodel the capital. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) Martin Mejia/AP

Ancient Inca tomb discovered in home in Peru’s capital

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An ancient Inca-era tomb was discovered under the home of a working-class man in Peru’s capital city of Lima, local archaeologists said Wednesday.

The tomb likely belonged to elites from the Riricancho society, which existed in the city prior to the Incas and populated Lima over 500 years ago, lead archaeologist Julio Abanto told Reuters.

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The site was unveiled during an excavation that began in May, triggered by owner Hipolito Tica’s reconstruction plans, which required an archaeological survey.

“It’s amazing. I really have no other words to describe it,” Tica told the outlet.

Tica said he was emotional over the new discovery and hoped the people in his neighborhood would appreciate the history surrounding the tomb.

Lima has been the site of hundreds of other historic finds, including from civilizations before and after the Incas. The Incas populated Peru during the 15th century and were known for their construction skills, including the creation of Machu Picchu, a citadel in the Andes Mountains.

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The Inca civilization was defeated by the Spanish in 1532.

In February, archaeologists discovered the mummified remains of eight children believed to have lived 15 miles outside of Lima 1,000-1,200 years ago. The remains of 12 adults who were not mummified were found just outside the children’s tomb.

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