Ancient Shark Fishermen Found Buried with Extra Limbs
Archaeologists are stumped why these 1,900-year-old Peruvians were buried with bonus body parts—in one case, with two extra left legs.
Dozens of "very unique" ancient burials have been discovered on the northern Peruvian coast, many of which appear to contain valuable metal objects, whimsical ceramic pots, and—in some cases—additional human limbs.
According to Victor Campaña, current director of the Las Lomas Rescue Project, more than 50 burials belonging to the Virú culture have been discovered in the town of Huanchaco, seven miles north of the regional capital of Trujillo.
The burials were uncovered during recent salvage excavations performed ahead of water and sewage infrastructure work in the small seaside town.
The little-known Virú culture, named for the Virú Valley which runs from the Andes mountains to the Pacific, thrived in the area between A.D. 100 and 750, before the Moche took control