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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thousands of 6,000-year old cave paintings found in Peru’s Amazon

Thousands of 6,000-year old cave paintings found in Peru’s Amazon
region


Archaeology, Exploration, Travel/Tourism - Posted on March, 16 at
10:36 pm


More than 10,000 cave paintings — dating back to more than 6,000 years
— were discovered by Peruvian archaeologist Quirino Olivera in the
Andean country’s jungle department of Amazonas, daily El Comercio
reported.


Hidden by the region’s lush vegetation for centuries, the paintings
were discovered in caves located near the village of Tambolic, in the
district of Jamalca, province of Utcubamba.


“Over the past two years,” said Olivera, “we have found 6,000-year old
cave paintings, especially in the Cuaco and Yamón mountains, located
in the Lonya Grande district. These are in addition to those recently
found in Shupcha, Tambolic, were many of these ancient images are
concentrated.”


According to Olivera, most of the Tambolic paintings depict hunting
scenes and are similar to those found in Toquepala. The artists used
mainly red, brown, yellow and black pigments.


The Toquepala caves are located in the western Andes, at an altitude
of 2,700 meters above sea level. They are noted for cave paintings
depicting scenes of hunters corralling and killing a group of
guanacos, a camelid animal native to South America. Known as “chaco”
in the Peruvian Andes, this hunting technique consists of forming
human circles, to corral the animals and either capture or kill them.

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