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Remains of 5,500-year-old human settlement found in Peru

peruA team of Peruvian and German archaeologists has discovered the remains of a human settlement 5,500 years old near the southern town of Nazca, south of Lima, the capital daily El Comercio reported Sunday.

The archaeologists, who are members of the Nazca-Palpa project, said that the discovery was made in a sector known as Pernil Alto, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Palpa.

The project is headed by Peruvian archaeologists Johny Isla Cuadrado and Elsa Tomasto, and by Germany’s Markus Reindel.

“The find consists of a group of homes in which 19 graves were found, including the remains of a child younger than 1 year old with possible evidence of having been mummified,” said the daily.

The paper went on to say that the find is the first discovery in southern Peru of an inhabited site corresponding to the late portion of the archaic period some 3,500 years before Christ.

One of the project researchers said that the excavations made at the site since last October enabled the team to find the remains of eight small oval-shaped and circular homes made by digging deep pits in the ground.

Also found were up to 19 graves of children and adults interred individually inside the homes, which would seem to indicate that they were buried there after the homes were abandoned.

In some of the graves, archaeologists found carved bones and snail-shells, deer horns, necklaces and bracelets made from shells, but there was no concrete evidence of offerings to the dead or to deities.

The researchers are seeking to expand their knowledge about the culture of southern Peru in the early epochs from about 5,500 years ago up to the Inca civilization in the 16th century.

The project is being funded by the German Education and Science Ministry, the Archaeological Commission for Extra-European Cultures and the German Archaeological Institute.

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EUROPEANA crashed

monalisaA new digital library launched by the European Union has crashed within hours of opening – forcing its closure.

The Europeana website was attracting more than 10 million hits an hour – more than double the number which had been anticipated.

The site includes paintings, photos, films, books, maps and manuscripts from 1,000 museums, national libraries and archives across Europe.

It is expected to reopen in December after technological improvements.

Users clicking on Europeana.eu currently find a message saying the site is “temporarily not accessible due to overwhelming interest after its launch”.

It adds: “We’re doing our utmost to reopen Europeana in a more robust version as soon as possible. We’ll be back by mid-December.”

“Thousands of users were searching for the words ‘Mona Lisa’ at the same time”, explained a spokesman for the European Commission.

“It confirms it’s worth doing, European culture is more popular than we had anticipated in our wildest dreams,” he said.

After a massive surge just before Europeana’s launch, the system’s creators doubled the number of servers from three to six and got it working again for a short time.

However they will now perform more tests to ensure the digital library can stay open at peak times.

On Thursday, most hits came from Germany, followed by France and Spain.

However, 4% of online requests about Europe’s cultural heritage came from the United States.

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