Researchers in Peru have discovered a trio of statuettes they believe were created by the ancient Caral civilisation some 3,800 years ago.
- The mud statuettes were found inside a reed basket in a building in the ancient city of Vichama in northern Peru. Researchers say they were probably used in religious rituals performed before breaking ground on a new building.
- Two of the figures, a naked man and woman painted in white, black and red, are believed to represent political authorities.
- The third, a woman with 28 fingers and red dots on her white face, is believed to represent a priestess.
- The research team also unearthed two mud figurines of women’s faces wrapped in cloth.
Caral is one of the most ancient cities of the Americas, and a well-studied site of the Caral or Norte Chico civilization. It was a large settlement in the Supe Valley, near Supe, Barranca province, Peru, some 200 km north of Lima. It was inhabited between roughly 2600 BCE and 2000 BCE.
Peru lies on the Pacific coast of South America just south of the Equator.
Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.