Agence France-PresseFebruary 12, 2013 22:00
Peruvian archeologists have discovered a temple believed to be about 5,000 years old at the ancient El Paraison archeological site in a valley just north of Lima, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday.
If the date is confirmed, it would be among the oldest sites in the world, comparable to the ancient city of Caral, a coastal city some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the north.
The discovery, dubbed the Temple of Fire, was found in one of the wings of El Paraiso's main pyramid. It includes a hearth that experts believe was used to burn ceremonial offerings.