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Peruvian builds house that contained Inca mummies in courtyard

LIMA ( Associated Press) — After decades of savings, Peruvian mechanic Hipólito Tika was finally able to start building his own home in a deserted neighborhood of Lima. But first he had to ask archaeologists to retrieve three bundles of mummies from the Inca era, which he had accidentally discovered 26 years ago in a hole in his backyard.

The unusual phenomenon – even in a country where archaeological discoveries are frequently reported when pipes are excavated to extend water and gas networks – is something from an archaeological area on the eastern side of Lima. The hinges, located at a distance of meters, fell on the ground. ,

Resting on a recent morning after carrying bricks, Tika told The Associated Press that he accidentally discovered the bundles in 1996, when he was digging a hole to build a toilet, when the area, El Sauce It was located next to the archaeological site. There was no water or drainage in the San Juan de Lurigancho district.

He remembered that he was hitting the floor with a metal rod when suddenly the earth started swallowing him.

“Like a spider I got out quickly,” he said. He illuminated the hole opening in his feet with a bulb. It was five meters deep and three meters wide. “I saw some packages, the lighting was very bright, they were like funeral bundles,” he said. He didn’t know who to tell what had happened.

They also feared losing land as they invaded it and did not have property papers in a city where more than half a million continued to usurp state land as a result of internal migration and lack of social housing, according to experts .

Nevertheless, in 1999 Tika reported the discovery to archaeologists, who were recovering large quantities of ceramics from the Inca era in the streets near her home, while underground to expand drinking water service. The network was being excavated. Busy with their work, the experts didn’t have time to go to him and didn’t even insist.

He then lived with “his neighbours,” which are colloquially called mummies, buried in the courtyard where their children played. To keep someone from falling, he covered the hole with carpeting from his old Ford Taunus TC car and put an old door over it and covered it with dirt.

“No one noticed the hole,” he said.

Over time, along with other residents of their neighborhood, they attempted to obtain ownership of their property and carried out procedures to obtain water and drainage. For this he had to go to the Ministry of Culture and pass through a museum. Thus the Tika, who had only a basic education, began to learn about Peru’s past, the Incas, and the civilizations that preceded them.

When he decided to build his house with bricks and mortar, he was told that if he wanted a solid house, he would have to build strong foundations and pillars and fill the hole where the knots were.

“I was worried, just cover it, put cement in it and that’s it,” he advised. “I was stuck a thorn, in the future people will not know anything about this area, here is part of the story”, he thought.

So he sought out archaeologist Julio Abanto from the Rurikanacho Cultural Institute, who conducts research in this area. “I have a funeral and I want you to see it,” he told her. The archaeologist and his team obtained government permits to conduct an emergency intervention.

Abanto went into the hole tied with ropes and harnesses and found three bundles containing more than one individual – it is not yet known how many in total were from a culture dominated by the Incas more than 500 years ago.

One of the skeletons contained a kind of copper crown and tweezers and a coca-chewing device in the shape of a spoon, with a statue of a bird on the head of a fish at the end. In his hands was a bag with several spondylus, a bivalve off the coast of Guayaquil, highly valued as an offering. Apart from this, he had a silver bracelet.

Archaeologists have not reached any conclusions about this discovery, but because of the area’s history and its characteristics, they believe they were members of the local elite under the Incas who carried out administrative functions after the dominions. .

Now the masons helping to build the house chew coca with respect to the “grandfather”, as they call mummy, and sometimes they bury some leaves in the place where the hole used to be, which is now filled with earth Is.

“In our city we are likely to find astonishing heritage in such casual ways that help us reconstruct our local history,” Abanto reflected.

The case, the archaeologist said, is of a “21st century family living on top of another family from 500 years ago”.

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