Peru’s Minister of Culture, Patricia Balbuena, reported yesterday that 19 wooden sculptures of about 750 years old have been found in a passageway of the walled complex of Utzh An, in the pre-Columbian citadel of Chan Chan, in the north of the country.
“In the passageway, recently found in the citadel of Chan Chan, 19 wooden idols covered with clay masks have been found, which is the result of the work of archaeologists, curators and engineers,” Balbuena told several media outlets, according to Notimérica.
In addition, a mud wall decorated with marine motifs in high relief and a zoomorphic creature has been discovered.
This last discovery, according to Andina News agency, probably evokes a feline.
“Balbuena explained that the restoration of the whole Utzh An, which is located in the department of La Libertad, part of the largest adobe city in the Americas, began in June 2017 and is expected to end in May 2020”, you can read in Notimérica.
The Government Peru has allocated a budget of over 8 million soles for the recovery of this archaeological site, a project entirely financed with public funds.
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