A group of Peruvian archaeologists discovered on a street in Lima, during pipeline excavations, the tomb of a 700-year-old child and figurines of Cuchimilcos, the figure that will be the image of the Pan-American Games this year.
The archaeologist Cecilia Camargo of the company Cálidda, responsible of the installation of direct gas in homes in Lima, told the press that these ceramics, known as Cuchimilcos, were found in a pre-Inca tomb of a two-year-old.
“Camargo explained that the skeletal remains and ceramics belong to the Chancay culture that developed in the valleys of the Chancay, Pativilca and Chillón rivers between 1200 to 1470 AD”, Gestión wrote.
These figures inspired the creation of Milco, the Pan-American games’ mascot. They were made out of clay, had a human form with arms wide open and were used for funeral and fertility rituals, according to the aforementioned media.
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