LIMA, Peru — Archeologists have uncovered a 600-year-old underground cemetery belonging to a Peruvian warrior culture, an official said this week.
After a tip from a farmer in Peru's northern Amazon jungle, archeologists from Peru's National Culture Institute last week found the 820-foot-deep cave used for burial and worship by the Chachapoyas people.
Archeologists have found five mummies, two of which are intact with skin and hair, as well as ceramics, textiles and wall paintings, said the expedition's leader, Herman Corbera.
"This is a discovery of transcendental importance. We have found these five mummies but I believe there could be many more," said Corbera, the culture institute's regional director. "We think this is the first time any kind of underground burial site this size has been found belonging to Chachapoyas or other cultures in the region."