A new 3,800-year-old archaeological find on the Peruvian coasts reveals the scarcity and famine suffered by the area at that time, according to its discoverers, who point out that climate change and water scarcity would have generated this situation, as you can read in CNN.
“It is a wall with decorations found in Vichama, in the province of Huaura, north of Lima, the capital of Peru”, said CNN.
The reliefs on the wall reveal four human heads with their eyes closed, one next to the other, and two snakes that move between these heads. These vipers are directed to what has been identified as a seed with human characteristics from which five lines to the earth emerge.
According to Ruth Shady, director of the Caral Archaeological Zone (ZAC), the reliefs symbolize the fertilization of the land. The snakes would be a deity linked to water, which filters into the earth and makes the seed germinate, according to Andina News Agency, cited by CNN.
“The new relief reinforces the approach of capturing, in the collective memory, the difficulties faced by society due to climate change and water scarcity, which caused serious effects on agricultural productivity,” Shady believes.
This wall would be part of an area prior to the ceremonial hall of a public building in Vichama, informed CNN.