13,000-Year-Old Murals Offer Insight into Ancient Peru

Herbie J Pilato

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According to journalist Moira Ritter, the Miami Herald, and Yahoo! News, "Resting atop a rocky outcrop in Peru’s Nepeña Valley is Pañamarca: an architectural trove built between 550 and 800 C.E. that now holds countless remnants of the Moche people.

"For decades," Ritter continued to report, "...archaeologists and researchers have taken an interest in uncovering Pañamarca’s secrets, and now, they are making progress and sharing their findings."

As Ritter also noted, "...the Archaeological Research Project (PIA) “Paisajes Arqueológicos de Pañamarca was launched by a team of archaeologists from around the world in 2018, according to a March 7 news release from the team. Although the team estimates it has uncovered less than 10% of the site’s extensive paintings, it says its findings are already granting greater insight into the ancient Moche civilization."

According to what Lisa Trever, and Bernard Selz, associate professors of pre-Columbian art history and archaeology at Columbia University, told McClatchy News, the team concentrated its efforts on the site’s pillared hall, an extension of what they accomplished in 2010 (when they found renderings dated as far back as 650-700 C.E.).

As Ritter noted, and according to what the team said in a presentation of its discovery, "The recent project revealed a new portion of a painting that was first discovered in the hall in 2010...The new finding depicts three figures."

“One wearing an elaborate headdress and carrying an unusual mace decorated with a person with arms raised beneath a serpent-arc; a second figure bearing a bag; and a third figure carrying a stirrup-spout bottle in the shape of a hybrid animal,” the researchers said.

To read more about these ancient murals, click here.

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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