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February 14 2013

Ancient temple unearthed in Peru


LIMA, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Archaeologists in Peru say they've uncovered a 5,000-year-old temple near Lima at an ancient site known as El Paraiso.

With 10 ruins, El Paraiso is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in central Peru.

Researchers said they made entry into the 22-foot by 26-foot rectangular structure of the temple by way of a narrow passageway, and found a hearth at its center they believe was used to burn ceremonial offerings.

The temple was the first structure of its kind to be found on Peru's central coast, they said.

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