Smiling skeletons 1000-year-old cemetery of the Nazca

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Mar - 19 - 2012

In the ancient cemetery, 30 kilometers south of Nazca, in Peru, are the remains of ancient people buried in a special way.

In the open graves lie the remains of a small bone, and the entire human skeletons. Skull sidelong looks at race tracks of motorcyclists flying past them. The skeletons are in the terrible positions in which they were sacrificed a thousand or more years ago. There are legends that the place of burial in South America, inhabited by the ghosts of the dead who can not find peace.

Chauchilla cemetery was discovered in the 1920s. The formation time of the cemetery is still not precisely determined, but there is evidence of its use in 200 AD. The length of time during which it served as a place of burial ,its purpose is not clearly defined, but it adds even more intrigue.

Unfortunately, the dead in this cemetery of Peru (known as ‘Death Valley’) is not allowed to rest in peace. Over the years the cemetery was subjected to desecration, destruction of tombs, and the contamination of the surrounding area.

Were the robbers cursed above, and what happened to them – is unknown. The Peruvian government passed a law to protect the cemetery in 1997. During the recovery period in cemetery they found a lot of household items, and the remains of the dead and return them to rightful places.

All the skeletons are remarkably well preserved. They are directed towards the east, and are in a sitting position, as if waiting for the guests. Surprisingly,these long-dead people still have hair – many of them in have elements of the skin.

There are many reasons why the process of mummification in the cemetery Chauchilla was so durable. First of all, it’s dry climate in Peruvian desert.

Despite the natural dry conditions,prepare the dead for burial consistes of a series of special treatments of the body. The dead were treated with a layer of resin, after which the body is decorated with embroidered cotton.(Scientists believe that the resin has helped prevent the ingress of insects and development in the body.)

Nazca culture flourished between 100 and 800 AD. They invented a lot of wonderful crafts, including ceramics and textiles (some of their developments, such as underground aqueducts, are still working to this day).

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