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2009-06-05 06:50:00

Archeologists excavating a site in northern Peru have stumbled upon the roughly 600-year old remains of almost three dozen humans, who appear to have been ritualistically sacrificed by the Incas. Although researchers have long known that human sacrifice was an integral part of Incan and pre-Incan society, the archeologists say that the recent find is unusual because the large number of victims "” 33 in all "” appear to have been sacrificed at the same time. The victims' remains,...

2008-12-10 15:47:11

The government of Peru has sued Yale University in the U.S. courts seeking the return of Incan mummies, bones and pottery excavated decades ago. Hiram Bingham III, a Yale lecturer in South American history and future U.S. senator from Connecticut, rediscovered the city of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, in 1911. The Peruvian lawsuit claims that many of the most significant artifacts Bingham removed from the site remain at Yale, violating his agreement with the government, The Hartford...

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2008-01-29 13:40:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University archaeologist discovered an intact ancient iron ore mine in South America that shows how civilizations before the Inca Empire were mining this valuable ore. "Archaeologists know people in the Old and New worlds have mined minerals for thousands and thousands of years," said Kevin J. Vaughn, an assistant professor of anthropology who studies the Nasca civilization, which existed from A.D. 1 to A.D. 750. "Iron mining in the Old World, specifically in...

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2007-09-06 18:05:00

By FEDERICO ESCHER SALTA, Argentina - Museumgoers gasped Thursday at the well-preserved mummy of an Inca maiden which is on display for the first time, a serene gaze etched on her face hundreds of years ago when she froze to death in the Andes. Hundreds of people packed a museum in Salta, Argentina, to see "la Doncella" - Spanish for "the Maiden" - a 15-year-old girl whose remains were found in 1999 in an icy pit on Llullaillaco volcano, along with a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy....

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2006-11-21 18:00:00

By MARTIN MEJIA FERRENAFE, Peru - Archaeologists said Tuesday they have unearthed 22 graves in northern Peru containing a trove of pre-Inca artifacts, including the first "tumi" ceremonial knives ever discovered by archaeologists rather than looted by thieves. The find, which prominent archaeologist Walter Alva called "overwhelmingly important," means that scientists can study the tumi - Peru's national symbol - in its original setting to learn about the context in which it was used. "This...

2006-03-02 12:49:59

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peru plans to sue Yale University to recover thousands of artifacts excavated from Machu Picchu more than 90 years ago, after negotiations broke down and the sides accused each other this week of bad faith. Peru is seeking the return of some 4,900 artifacts from the Inca citadel, including ceramics, cloths and metalwork. Peru says they were lent to Yale for 18 months in 1916, but the New Haven, Connecticut, university has kept them ever since....

2005-12-01 17:50:42

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru plans to sue Yale University for the return of 4,900 artifacts taken from Machu Picchu, the fabled Inca citadel, by a U.S. explorer nearly a century ago, the government said on Thursday. Peru's National Culture Institute, or INC, said the artifacts, which include Inca ceramics, cloths, metalwork and human bones, were lent to Yale for 18 months in 1916, but the New Haven, Connecticut, university has made them part of its collection....

2005-10-13 14:26:11

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Mudslides caused by heavy rains in Peru's southern Andes stranded 3,200 tourists at the Machu Picchu Inca citadel on Thursday as mud and rocks blocked the railway in and out of the site, train operators said. The nationalities of the tourists were not immediately known, but no one was thought to be injured, Peru Rail spokeswoman Joanna Boyen said. Peru Rail said it was working to clear the railway line and planned to return tourists to the nearby city of Cuzco...

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2005-08-12 08:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Three figure-eight knots tied into strings may be the first word from the ancient Inca in centuries. While the Incan empire left nothing that would be considered writing by today's standards, it did produce knotted strings in various colors and arrangements that have long puzzled historians and anthropologists. Many of these strings have turned out to be a type of accounting system, but interpreting them has been complex. Now, Gary Urton and Carrie J. Brezine of Harvard...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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