Peru: 3,800-year-old Caral civilisation mural found

  20 August 2019    Read: 1212
Peru: 3,800-year-old Caral civilisation mural found

The mural depicts a toad that wraps its hands around the head of a man, announcing "the arrival of water," experts say.

A mural believed to be 3,800 years old and from a lost civilisation has been found by archaeologists in Peru investigating an ancient city.

The mural, depicting a toad that wraps its hands around the head of a man, was discovered in the Vichama archaeological site in the north of the country, 68 miles (110 km) north of the capital, Lima.

Archaeologist Tatiana Abad, told a news conference in Lima, the mural represents the "announcement of the arrival of water".

"It talks about the importance of water in times of crisis and the reflections that we can create from them," she added.

Excavators have been working at Vichama since 2007, revealing new ideas about the ancient Caral civilisation such as an advanced city plan and architecture.

The Caral, believed to be the oldest civilisation in the Americas, dates back to 3,000 BCE.

Not much is known of the ancient city currently being investigated, but some believe climate change may have contributed to its demise as it is located in an arid region of Peru.


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