1,200-Year-Old Royal Tomb Uncovered in Peru

The 1,200-year-old tomb of a ruler of the pre-Incan Sican culture was found recently in Peru's Lambayaque region, the director of the Las Ventanas archaeological dig announced on Wednesday.

"It's an individual seated on a litter, a funerary bundle, in which has been found in situ a crown, a mask and a series of objects that accompany him," Carlos Elera told Efe from Lambayeque.

One of the most interesting objects found is a bottle representing the funerary bundle that it accompanies, since both are facing toward the southwest corner of the temple, which represents "a noteworthy symbolic connection," the scientist said.

Also discovered was a gilded copper crown with an attachment of jaguars -- with typical pendants worn by the elite in that region -- a mask with winged eyes, spearpoints and arrowheads, among other artifacts.

Both the funerary bundle, as well as the majority of the objects, are still in the process of being excavated by archaeologists, a task that Elera calculates will take them three more weeks.

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