Authorities in Peru say an ancient pyramid at the oldest archaeological site near the capital, Lima, has been destroyed. They are pressing criminal charges against two real-estate companies blamed for tearing down the structure, which was 6 meters (20-ft) high. An archaeologist said those responsible had committed "irreparable damage to Peru's history." The local government condemned the act as "criminally destroying the archaeological heritage."
The building was one of 12 pyramids found at the El Paraiso complex and is thought to be at least 4,000 years old.
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