Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peru Update

Letter reveals lost language - oddstuff | "Archaeologists say scrawl on the back of a letter recovered from a 17th century dig site reveals a previously unknown language spoken by indigenous peoples in northern Peru.

A team of international archaeologists found the letter under a pile of adobe bricks in a collapsed church complex near Trujillo, 347 miles north of Lima. The complex had been inhabited by Dominican friars for two centuries.

'Our investigations determined that this piece of paper records a number system in a language that has been lost for hundreds of years,' Jeffrey Quilter, an archaeologist at Harvard's Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, told Reuters."

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