The Site Of Mina Perdida (Lurín Valley)

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In the Article “A sacred effigy from Mina Perdida and the unseen ceremonies of the Peruvian Formative,” the authors discussed their investigations at the site of Mina Perdida. They discussed its similarities to other sites as well as the significance and characteristics of the sacred effigy which was discovered at the main structure’s back terrace. According to the authors Richard L. Burger and Lucy Salazar-Burger, Mina Perdida is one of six U-shaped complexes which has been identified in the lower Lurín Valley and is by far the largest at 30 hectares. (Burger and Salazar-Burger 33). The site consists of a massive central platform mound that rises to 23 meters in height of which the main pyramid is terraced; it has a massive central stairway that faces an open plaza with two arms which represent the U-shaped feature (Burger and Salazar-Burger 33).
In Peru’s central coast, other sites which have similarities to Mina Perdida include Cardal in the Lurín Valley and Garagay in the Rimac Valley. These three sites all share the U-shaped feature that is seen at several Initial Period sites. Although they are not identical, they contain the same form with some variation. These structures have a central pyramid mound as well as two arms of which are not equal but that are complementary. Also, the authors suggest that investigations of Initial Period sites have indicated that the sole purpose at these sites was to allow for social gatherings as well as religious rituals. In the case of Mina Perdida, the discovery of the sacred effigy provided investigators with some clues as to what types of ceremonies and activities were taking place. Garagay and Cardal both had designated areas for ritual and ceremonial use. Investigators have had difficulty understanding the ceremonies that took place at these sites because items that were used in the ceremonies were no longer in their original context; this is the case as many of these items were destroyed or stored elsewhere once their ritual purpose was fulfilled (Burger and Salazar-Burger 29).
Authors Burger and Salazar-Burger, suggest that although clues have led to the understanding of the effigy’s importance as well as function, the certainty of its importance and function to those living at the site will never be fully understood. The sacred effigy found at Mina...

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