Archaeologists in northern Peru have unearthed an ancient mural from the lost Caral civilisation that is believed to be about 3,800 years old. The discovery was made in the Vichama archaeological site. A team of excavators has brushed away the earth from the mural to reveal figures that depict a toad that wraps its hands around the head of a man.
Archaeologist Tatiana Abad told a news conference in Lima the mural represents the "announcement of the arrival of water," adding "it talks about the importance of water in times of crisis".
Excavations at Vichama have been ongoing since 2007 and continue to reveal new insights into the ancient civilisation such as an advanced city plan and architecture. The Caral is believed to be the oldest civilisation in the Americas, dating as far back as 3,000 BC. But little is still known of this ancient city.
Peru：名詞，（南美洲國家）秘魯。例句：The archaeological site is in an arid region of Peru.（這座考古遺址位於秘魯的乾旱地區。）
civilisation：名詞，文明、文化。例句：The Caral civilisation was mysteriously toppled at around 1,600 BCE.（小北文明約在公元前1600年神秘消失。）
mural：名詞，壁畫；形容詞，牆壁的。例句：Many ancient murals have been found within ancient Egyptian tombs.（古埃及墓穴內發現許多古壁畫。）