Ancient Pyramid Bulldozed In Peru

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El Paraiso Ancient Pyramid Bulldozed Destroyed Peru

... and after.

Earlier this year, archaeologists in Peru excitedly announced the discovery of another pyramid at the El Paraiso complex, thought to be at least 4000 years old and predating the pre-Columbian Inca civilisation. This week, Peruvian officials announced that real estate developers have completely demolished the site. Criminal complaints have been lodged against the companies responsible. It echoes similar destruction in Belize, where a 2300-year-old Mayan pyramid was destroyed for road fill.

Now, I'm not one for violence or revenge or any combination thereof, but I immediately recalled something I read in Mark Adams's wonderful Turn Right at Machu Picchu (Amazon US/Kindle, UK/Kindle):

The sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador and traveler Cieza de Leon recalled that [Spanish merchants] who were killed after being robbed [by Manco Inca's rebels] were considered lucky. As for the unfortunate survivors, Manco's insurgents allegedly "tortured them in the presence of their women, avenging themselves for the injuries they had suffered, by impaling them with sharp stakes forced into their victims' lower parts until they emerged from their mouths." A thriving bodyguard business soon sprang up.

Meanwhile, spare a thought for Mes Aynak.


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red pill junkie's picture
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Thanks for the lovely mental image. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta go pay my taxes... BRB

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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Rick MG's picture
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Nah, in Mexico they'd only tear out your still-beating heart. Or elect you to government.

I'm not hip on Peruvian law, but I assume lodging a "criminal complaint" is just a lot of formal paperwork that may or not be investigated by authorities. Hopefully Peruvian authorities do act and lay charges; otherwise there'll be a lot of stake sharpening if those responsible get away with it.

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