Skeletons of more than 40 people unearthed at site of 500-year-old hospital – World News

Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered a burial site of 42 skeletons next to the Hospital Real de San Andres, in Peru, which dates back to the Spanish invasion in the 16th century

More than 40 human skeletons found in Peru’s former hospital

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered the skeletons of more than 40 people dating back to when the country was conquered by Spanish invaders in the 16th century.

The 42 skeletons were unearthed near the Hospital Real de San Andres, a famous building in the capital Lima that dates back to the time of the arrival of the Spanish.

It no longer serves as a hospital, but it is believed to be one of the very first in South America built in 1552 for Spanish patients.

Doctors were trained and part of the hospital was also allocated to the treatment of the mentally ill.

Surprisingly, the skeletons have not yet been discovered, despite the fact that they have very shallow graves located just 30 centimeters below the surface.







The hospital dates back to when the Spaniards first arrived in Peru in the 16th century

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It’s a fascinating discovery that has led archaeologists to think there may also be mummies belonging to the Incas, the people who inhabited and ruled the Andean region of South America before the Spanish arrived.

The site consists of three sections, a central part, a church and older medical wards.

Excavation began in 2021 and in addition to the bodies, an underground crypt made of bricks has also been discovered, which is believed to have been in use for 300 years. There was also ceramics from a pre-Hispanic period including glass and tiles.

Meanwhile, a team of archaeologists has also discovered a network of passageways beneath a more than 3,000-year-old temple in the Peruvian Andes.







The discovery has led archaeologists to think there may also be Inca relics at the site

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Located in the north-central Andes, the Chavin de Huantar Temple was once 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, an archaeologist at Stanford University who was involved in the excavation.

Located 3,200 meters above sea level, at least 35 underground passages have been found over the years of excavations, all interconnected and built between 1,200 and 200 BC in the foothills of the Andes.

“It’s a passageway, but it’s very different. It’s a different form of construction. It has features from earlier periods that we’ve never seen in passageways,” Rick said.

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

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