Ancient Pyramid Torn Down by Developers: Peru
Firms face criminal charges
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
Developers destroyed a 4,000-year-old pyramid in Peru, authorities say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Peruvian authorities say a pair of real-estate developers have ruined a 4,000-year-old pyramid, and they're facing criminal charges, the BBC reports. "Irreparable damage" was done to the 20-foot-high pyramid, says an archeologist. The El Paraiso complex, near Lima, had 12 pyramids; the companies tried to tear down three others before witnesses stopped them.

El Paraiso was a religious and administrative area dating much earlier than the Incas, experts say. Now, "we are not going to be able to know in what ways it was constructed, what materials were used in it, and how the society in that part of the pyramid behaved," the archeologist tells the AP. (In more encouraging archaeological news, researchers in Peru made an exciting find recently.)

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Jul 4, 2013 5:45 PM CDT
Mmm, old, architectually important buildings (pyramids) being torn down to make way for 21st Century stuff? Sounds like urban renewal has made it to the jungles of Central and South America! Welcome to modern civilization!
Jul 4, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
" El Paraiso was a religious and administrative area dating much earlier than the Incas". Interesting correlations between a Book Called "The Book Of Mormon" which is an ancient record that records an ancient people and how they lived in South and North America. Even if your not choosing to be religious some startling history and correlations. If your a historian you know you read many things to correlate history, fun stuff. Great story Matt and hope your day is well
Jul 4, 2013 11:49 AM CDT
Have we produced one thing that will last 4,000 years, besides our garbage?