Archaeologists in northern Peru have identified a 3,200-year-old mural painted on the side of an ancient adobe temple that is thought to depict a zoomorphic, knife-wielding spider god associated with rain and fertility.
The spider on the shrine is associated with water and was an incredibly important animal in pre-Columbian cultures.
The mural – applied in ochre, yellow, grey and white paint to the wall of the 15m x 5m mud brick structure in the Virú province of Peru’s La Libertad region – was discovered last year after much of the site was destroyed by local farmers trying to extend their avocado and sugarcane plantations.
Experts believe the shrine was built by the pre-Columbian Cupisnique culture, which developed along Peru’s northern coast more than 3,000 years ago.
identify：動詞，識別、鑑定、發現。例句：Lisa identified him as the man who had attacked her.（莉莎辨別出他是襲擊她的男子。）
fertility：名詞，肥沃、豐饒。例句：The productivity is heavily dependent on the fertility of the soil.（生產效率很大程度地取決於土壤的肥沃度。）
incredibly：副詞，極其。例句：He was incredibly angry because you didn’t keep your promise.（他極其生氣，因為你沒有遵守諾言。）