Trujillo: 3 tombs found near Huaca de la Luna


In early 2016, archaeologists discovered what would be termed one of the year’s most important findings worldwide: a noblewoman’s tomb in Áspero, along the central coastline of Peru.

Now, less than a year later, three tombs of dignified figures have been found near Trujillo’s Huaca de La Luna. Just west of the archaeological complex is the Uhle platform, where the tombs were found last week.

As reported by El Comercio, the figures are believed to have been either priests or officials around 650 A.C. Excavations have only begun in two of the tombs, in which archaeologists have found bone remains said to belong to a 40-year-old and an 18-year-old, as well as ceramics.

“This is a sacred area, private and purely religious, that would have been used to carry out funeral rituals,” Enrique Zavaleta Paredes, archaeologist responsible for the excavations, told the Peruvian daily.

Just days before the tombs were found, archaeologists uncovered a wall marked with serpents and another with sea demons.

All of the recent findings help to prove the theory of Max Uhle (for whom the platform is named) that the Huaca de la Luna comprises of three important sites, one of which is the Uhle platform.



A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.