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16:06 Ancient tenon heads discovered in Ancash, Peru
 
Ancash, May 08 (ANDINA). Authorities in the Peruvian department of Ancash announced Friday the discovery of a number of tenon heads believed to be some 4,000 years old.
"Tenon head" in Chavin de Huantar Temple. Photo: ANDINA.
"Tenon head" in Chavin de Huantar Temple. Photo: ANDINA.

According to the Mayor of Huaylas district, Jose Espinoza Caballero, these ancient stone carvings were found in the Chupacoto town and would be older than the famous tenon heads of Chavin de Huantar Archaeological Complex.

He noted that the discovery shows the district’s great tourist and scientific potential, as it is considered as “the centre of the Huaylas Culture."

In addition, Espinoza stressed the need to study and protect other local archaeological remains which have not yet been brought to light or recognized. 

Meanwhile, archaeologist Daniel Chumpitaz said this discovery revealed that the Chavin Culture may have originated in Chupacoto.

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Date: 08/05/2009
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