The six (originally eight) sarcophagi are up to 2.5 meters tall and constructed of clay, sticks and grasses. Their inaccessible location high above a river at a cliff has preserved them from destruction by looters.
The sarcophagi are of a type particular to the Chachapoya called purunmachus. The purunmachus of Carajía are unique because of the human skulls that sit atop their heads.
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