Wednesday 17 December 2008

Ancient City Unearthed in Peru

The ruins of an entire city have been discovered in northern Peru, researchers say.  Archaeologists say the find could provide the missing link between the ancient cultures of the Wari people and the earlier Moche civilisation.

The site, near the Pacific coastal city of Chiclayo, probably dates to the Wari culture which ruled the Andes of modern Peru between the 7th and 12th Century.  The once buried city showed evidence of human sacrifice. The remains of the victims were thrown over the nearby cliff, Cesar Soriano, the chief archaeologist on the project, told the Andina news agency.

Ceramics, clothing, and the well-preserved remains of a young woman were also discovered, he said. "It provides the missing link because it explains how the Wari people allowed for the continuation of culture after the Moche [died out about 600 AD]," Cesar Soriano was quoted by Reuters as saying. Mr Soriano said the find provides the first evidence of Wari culture, which was based in the south of the country, at the northern site.
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Intern Opportunities at Quest Overseas

If you're looking for ways to get into the volunteering, expedition or travel industry, Quest Overseas may be able to help. We have regular opportunities for suitable candidates to join our team in our office in Hove as an intern involved either in the operational or marketing side of our organisation (or even both). Working here is a lot of fun and our interns do get a lot of valuable experience from their time with us - in fact, most of our current staff were offered jobs on the back of having internships with us.

We ask you to commit to at least 4 months, but ideally six months (either full or part time) and would cover all reasonable travel expenses. There is an opening for an intern position from January 2009, ideally for someone with interest and background in marketing.

If you're interested or would like to find more, please call us or send an email to
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Volunteering on the cheap

Volunteering can be an expensive business, travelling to the other side of the world and supporting a project in a developing nation does have its cost. We at Quest do our best to justify every penny that is spent on our volunteer projects and you will have total transparency if you go away with us.

Of course it's not in everyone's budget, but don't assume that means you can't do anything worthwhile. There are hundreds of opportunities closer to home where you are supporting local communities and environments without having to spend much at all. The website Help Exchange has lists and lists of projects in the UK and Europe, where you can volunteer for any time from a week to a year.

We'd love you to go away with us, but more important we want you to just DO SOMETHING!

Visit the Help Exchange website here

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