Three statuettes created Peru’s ancient Caral civilization have been discovered by archaeologists, depicting political leaders and a priestess.
The terracotta figurines, measuring no more than 80cm, were unearthed in the district of Vegueta, in the Lima province of Huaura and have been dated to 3,800 years ago. The find was announced by the Ministry of Culture.
Researchers say the statuettes were of deep symbolic significance – they were found in a basket of reeds tied with cotton, with another basket placed inside. The figures had been arranged to be looking at one another.