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22 February 2009
2,500-year-old tomb found in Peru

After making an important discovery, archaeologist Ignacio Alva Meneses has affirmed he will stay and live in Lambayeque, one of Peru's northern regions. Alva did not make this decision because of a 4,000-year-old temple he found in 2007 but because of a child's tomb he found last month. It is believed the child was buried approximately 2,500 years ago. The tomb was found just 500 meters from Venado Cautivo (Trapped Deer) temple. The temple was given this name because of a painting of a deer caught in a net on one of the temple walls. According to carbon dating, the painting is over 4,000 years old. According to El Comercio daily, the tomb found is that of a 3-year-old boy, who belonged to the Gallinazo culture. It was reported that the boy's bones are in a 'normal conserved state'.

Source: Living in Peru (19 February 2009)

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