Archaeologists discover passageways in 3,000-year-old Peruvian temple

Archaeologists have discovered passages in a 3,000-year-old Peruvian temple<br />

Lima, June 1 (BUS): A team of archaeologists has discovered a network of passages under a 3,000-year-old temple in the Peruvian Andes.

The Chavin de Huantar Temple, located in the north-central Andes, was a religious and administrative center for people throughout the region.

The corridors were found earlier in May and have features believed to have been built earlier than the temple’s labyrinthine galleries, according to John Rick, a Stanford University archaeologist who was involved in the excavation.

At 3,200 meters above sea level, at least 35 underground passages have been found over the years of excavations, which are all connected to each other and were built between 1200 and 200 BC in the foothills of the Andes, according to Reuters.

“It’s an arcade, but it’s very different,” said Rick. “It’s a different form of building. It has features from earlier periods that we haven’t seen before in arcades.”

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Chavin de Huantar was the inspiration and name for the operation carried out when the Peruvian armed forces built a network of tunnels to rescue 72 people held captive by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima in 1997.


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