A team of archaeologists has discovered a temple approximately 4,000 years old in the valley of Chancay, province of Huaral, Peru. This temple houses in one of its friezes an Andean cross, which it is believed could be the oldest in all of South America if it were complete.
According to reports from the public agency Andina, the discovery took place at the archaeological site of Miraflores, located about 95 kilometers north of Lima. This site extends for almost 70 hectares and has a pyramidal structure.
The main researcher, Pieter Van Dalen Luna, from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, mentioned that during the exploration they found walls, passageways, stairways, and various artifacts that were part of the funeral rituals, as well as very old-style ceramics.
The Andean cross, also known as ‘chacana’, is a characteristic symbol of the original cultures of the Andes. It has a square and stepped cross shape with 12 points and a circular center.
The discovery of this Andean cross in the frieze of the temple is of great importance, since if its authenticity is confirmed and its antiquity is determined, it would be considered the oldest Andean cross in South America. This would provide valuable information about the religious beliefs and practices of ancient Andean cultures and their evolution over time.
Archaeologists continue to investigate the temple and gather more evidence to better understand the importance and historical context of this discovery.
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