High status female found buried at Aspero archaeological site in Peru
|The 4,500 year-old burial of a noblewoman in the ancient fishing village |
of Aspero, northern Peru [Credit: Andina]
The body was unburied from Huaca of the Idols. “Investigators analyzed the skeletal remains and concluded the body belonged to a 40-year-old woman. The place and the way she was buried revealed the high rank she held 4,500 years ago,” she said.
|Reconstruction of the noblewoman's burial |
The funerary objects surrounding the body included a pot containing vegetable fragments and seeds, a mollusks beaded necklace, a pendant made of Spondylus, and four “tupus” or bone broaches with bird and monkey motifs.
|Carved objects of birds and monkeys, as well as eight flutes, |
were found in the grave [Credit: Andina]
These finds indicate the interaction between the Aspero society and other urban centers of the Caral Civilization; they also show that both societies shared ideological beliefs.
Source: Andina [April 20, 2016]