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  • 27 June 2013

    A Polish-Peruvian team of archaeologists headed by Dr Miłosz Giersz has discovered an extremely precious tomb dating back to pre-Inca times. "This discovery is the crowning achievement of the hard work of Polish archaeologists all over Peru. I am immensely proud of this success," said Izabela Matusz, Poland's Ambassador to Peru, of the researchers' accomplishment.


    Polish archaeological success in PeruThe Polish team discovered the first untouched, aristocratic tomb from the pre-Inca Wari civilization, together with more than 1,200 precious objects. This is the first ever discovery of a Wari tomb in such good condition.


    The priceless discovery of the Polish scientists – which also includes the remains of 63 people – is being reported today by every media outlet in Peru . The ancient civilization of the Wari gave rise to the mighty Inca culture which flourished several centuries later.


    The find, which is unique on a global scale, was made by archaeologists from Warsaw University in the town of Huarmey in Ancash province. Dr Miłosz Giersz has been heading the dig for 11 years. Today's official press briefing announcing the team's success was attended by Peru 's Minister of Culture Luis Peirano and Polish Ambassador Izabela Matusz. Tomorrow, the Polish scientists and their Peruvian partners will meet with sponsors, Peruvian institutions, and EU diplomats at a meeting held at the Polish Embassy in Lima .


    The project is partnered on the Polish side by the University of Warsaw (in particular its Centre for Pre-Columbian Studies), the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Science Centre and the Polish Embassy in Lima .


    Polish diplomats provide ongoing support to our archaeologists. In 2011 the Huarmey project received, among others, funds from the Small Grants Scheme implemented through the MFA's Polish Aid programme. In the framework of the project, knowledge of the local culture was disseminated among teachers and local inhabitants; a popular science publication and website were also created. In late January- early February 2013 the Polish Embassy in Lima organized the presentation of a publication entitled " Andes ", co-authored by Dr Miłosz Giersz and Patrycja Prządka-Giersz.


    Partners on the Peruvian side include the Ministry of Culture, the Museum of Art in Lima (MALI), the Papal Catholic University in Lima , and Antamina, a Peruvian mining company and one of the country’s biggest producers of zinc and copper.


    The discovery of the Polish scientists coincides with this year’s 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Peru .

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