Peruvian archaeologists have discovered six mummified dogs, dating from the 15th century, which apparently is a religious sacrifice in prekolumbiyskoy archaeological areas. In dogs, according to Jesus Holgina (Jesus Holguin), an archaeologist from the museum in Pachacamac, located about 25 kilometers south of Lima, the "well preserved wool and whole teeth." Holgin said on Wednesday, the news agency AFP, the experts are still trying to determine the breed of dog. Archaeologists have also talked about the fact that in this area were found the mummified remains of four children.
The mummified dogs were found two weeks ago, wrapped in a cloth and buried in a brick pyramids of Pachacamac.
Archaeologists believe that the animal sacrifices were associated with the burial ritual. "Although we do not know if it was the funeral of a high-ranking personality Inca period," - said archaeologist Isabel Cornejo (Isabel Cornejo).
Experts strongly believe that dogs are neither Peruvian dogs - smooth-old local breed - nor sheepdogs, found in burial sites Chiribayya culture that flourished in southern Peru between 900 and 1350.
"Their strong teeth leads us to think that it was domestic dogs that were used for hunting," - said one expert, Enrique Angulo (Enrique Angulo).
Enrique Angulo veterinarian examines the remains of one of the six dogs were found by archeologists, who were buried in the sanctuary of the Inca Pachacamac, on the waterfront strip of desert 30 km south of Lima.
The researchers did x-rays of the remains in an attempt to breed animals and find out whether the dogs are slaughtered.
Pachacamac museum director, Denise Potsi-Escot (Denise Pozzi-Escot) said that the discovery will allow researchers to broaden their knowledge of the ancient types of Peruvian dogs.
The remains are well preserved due to the type of soil and dry weather along the Peruvian coast, where very rarely rains.
At its height, Pachacamac was the most important ceremonial center for all the central coast of Peru, where thousands of pilgrims flocked from afar bringing rich offerings. Human sacrifice also occurred at this site.
At least three different societies occupied Pachacamac until such time as the Incas did not destroy it in about 1400. Inca civilization, in turn, were destroyed by the Spanish conquerors who arrived in 1532.
Original: Physorg Translation: M. Potter