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14th century citadel found

by Byo24NEWS
12 Jan 2011 at 13:01hrs | Views
Lima - Deforestation in the Peruvian province of Amazonas led to the discovery of a 14th-century citadel, Peruvian daily El Comercio reported on Tuesday.

The citadel, made by the Chachapoyas people, is in a remote area known as Las Higueras and is mostly covered in trees, woody vines and other types of vegetation. It stands at an altitude of around 2 500m, surrounded by cliffs in the middle of the rainforest.

The citadel featured homes, terraces and walls more than 2m tall. It stretched over a surface of around 20ha, according to experts' estimates.

Local archaeologist Manuel Malaver said circular rooms, ramps and three small cemeteries have been identified at the site.

Months ago, a small architectural complex was found nearby, where experts discovered a silver chest plate and a score of arrow heads made of volcanic rock. Locals think that there may be more vestiges of the Chachapoya culture.

Biologist Leyda Rimarachin - of the sanctuary Cordillera de Colan, which stands about 5km away from the citadel - warned that the area is being exploited by illegal lumberers who turn it into grassland. She warned also that the archaeological site was vulnerable to looting.

The Chachapoyas were a war-like people who lived in north-eastern Peru and lived in the years 800 - 1470 AD, until they were subdued by the Incas.

Source - Byo24NEWS | SAPA