Real Estate Developers Bulldoze 5,000-Year-Old Pyramid In Peru

5,000-year-old pyramidHere’s hoping a nasty curse commences to haunt them. Via the Independent:

A 5,000-year-old pyramid in Lima, Peru has been torn down by two private construction companies. The El Paraiso pyramid, located in the San Martin de Porres, was one of the Americas’ oldest archaeological sites.

Archaeologist Frederic Engel said that the pyramid may have held between 1,500 and 3,000 inhabitants with over 100,000 tons of rock used in its construction, taken from hills in the surrounding area. It was likely used for religious and ritual purposes.

Archaeologist Marco Guillén Hugo, who was in charge of the research and excavation of the site, said that he had reason to believe that Compañía y Promotora Provelanz E.I.R.L and Alisol S.A.C Ambas were the private companies behind the destruction. According to The Ministry of Culture, the companies have previously laid claim to the land, but it is actually under state control.

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  • Juan

    Tragic. This is on a par with religious fanatics blowing up ancient stone Buddhas in Afghanistan.

  • Ittabena

    I was just saying last night on another thread how primitive we humans still are, though most of us think the opposite. This morning, here comes the proof, as if on cue.

    • Ted Heistman

      Yeah, that is how I have come to see it.

    • Dingbert

      Some may say the primitive instinct would be to protect a religious site, and the modern one would be to plow under an abandoned, mystical structure to replace with new, practical ones. I don’t believe that, but it’s something to think about.

      • Ittabena

        Probably true, but from my perspective I don’t place as much value on the religious aspect as I do the historical or archeological value.

        After all, we are still not sure what the purpose of Pyramidal structures are. Maybe tearing them down before we understand fully is a bad idea.

  • Antediluviancurrent

    The free market will fix i-.. Oh wait.