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Mass grave in Peru uncovers remains of those who lived before Columbus

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This picture released by Peruvian Ministry of Culture showing the human remains discovered at the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, in Trujillo, Peru on November 11, 2021.
This picture released by Peruvian Ministry of Culture showing the human remains discovered at the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, in Trujillo, Peru on November 11, 2021.   -   Copyright  AFP PHOTO / PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE
By Euronews  with AFP

The remains of twenty-five pre-Columbian (before the arrival of Columbus in 1492) people have been discovered in an ancient mass grave in Peru.

Dozens of ceramic vessels and objects were also found by archaeologists in a tomb at Chan Chan which is five hundred kilometres north of the capital Lima.

The actual tomb was discovered about three weeks ago.

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People working at the archaeological complex of Chan Chan following the discovery of a tomb with 25 human remains, in Trujillo, Peru on November 11, 2021.AFP PHOTO / PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

The skeletons of mainly young women and children and some men are almost in tact.

Experts say there's no evidence these people were human sacrifices but could be part of the elite Chimu.

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Human remains discovered at the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, in Trujillo, Peru on November 11, 2021.AFP PHOTO / PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

Chan Chan was a citadel of the Chimu culture which prospered between the years 900 and 1450 before falling to the Incas.

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Handout picture released by Peruvian Ministry of Culture showing blue vases discovered at the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, in Trujillo, Peru on November 11, 2021.AFP PHOTO / PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

The citadel site has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 AND it's on the list of World Heritage in Danger.