A megalithic temple more than 3000 years old was discovered by archaeologists who carried out excavations in Peru. The megalithic structure, built of huge stones, apparently served for pagan rituals, primarily prayers for rain.
A megalithic temple about 3000 years old was discovered by Peruvian archaeologists. In their opinion, the temple was built for fans of the cult of water, fertility rituals were held here.
The size of the find is about 5 meters in length. The temple is located about 500 kilometers from Lima, in the Zanya Valley. An altar was discovered inside the temple, which was used to enhance fertility. The water for the rituals was taken from a local river flowing in the Zanja valley.
The megalith was discovered in the area of the town of Huasca El Toro by a team of Peruvian archaeologists led by Walter Alva, who in 1987 discovered the tomb of the ruler of Sipan. The temple is in good condition – in the remains of the walls you can see individual stone blocks and a long staircase. “This is a unique discovery,” said Walter Alva. “After all, no one has ever discovered such ancient remains in the Lambayeque region.”
The temple was discovered back in October, but, according to the customs of archaeologists, the find was not reported for some time, so as not to attract the attention of “black diggers”.
The temple was built in an era when water was considered sacred, and was intended for worshipers of water who performed their rituals here. According to scientists, this is unmistakably evidenced by the special holes in the altar plate, typical for water rituals.
According to Alva, the purpose of the temple is also evidenced by the fiery markings characteristic of water rituals, which were intended to aid in conception.
Metal and ceramic objects have also been found in the vicinity of the temple, as well as 21 ancient graves dating from 1500 BC. to 292 AD Not all of them belong to the period of the temple’s functioning – some of them are later and belong to the end of the Inca era. According to Alva, most likely the Incas used the ancient cemetery in order to expand their own necropolis.
According to scientists, the temple belongs to the mysterious Khim people – an advanced civilization of the pre-Columbian era, which scientists have yet to learn in detail about.