Peru: Primitive Astronomical Laboratory from 2000BCE Discovered in Licurnique Complex


An astronomical laboratory dating back 4,000 years has been
discovered at an archaeological complex in Peru.
Located in Licurnique, a few hours from the northern region of
Lambayeque, excavators found rocks with astronomical
engravings on them.
The archaeological site dates from between 2000BCE and
1500BCE and experts say the laboratory is in its formative
stages, Peru’s Andina news agency reports.
On the rocks discovered, archaeologists found the petroglyph
of an altar, “an expression of religious superposition”.
There were also astronomical observations carved onto a flat
rock surface, used to track stars and forecast rainfall.

Juan Martinez and Manuel Curo told the news agency that their
finding includes ancient Hispanic and Andean influences – an
unusual combination.
They said the discovery provides important information about
the inhabitants of Licurnique at the time and that further
exploration is needed.

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