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Ancient funeral mask uncovered at Florida coast


Archaeologists have discovered a rare death mask dating back thousands of years on a beach in Florida, a sign that more treasures may be nearby.

Ancient funeral mask uncovered at Florida coast
The Incan funerary mask made from metals extracted from meteorites has been found 
washed up on a Florida beach [Credit: Fox35]
A team of researchers with Seafarer Exploration Corporation found the artifact made of precious metal on Melbourne Beach and believe it served as part of a funeral headpiece from a pre-Incan civilization in Peru, Fox 35 reported.


“This is some of the earliest evidence of man’s ability to metal-work and to use iridium,” Dr. Michael Torres, who found the mask, told Fox35.  "That changes things, and may change the way we perceive ancient Peruvian cultures."


Torres is working with a team to discover artifacts from the 1715 shipwreck of the La Concepcion. Researchers believe the mask was taken by Spanish tomb raiders and washed up after the wreck.


The discovery of the mask hints that more precious items could be nearby. Torres said that he hopes to give the mask to a museum as a gift.

Author: Paulina Dedaj | Source: Fox News [January 24, 2019]

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  1. Just want to point out that the pre-inca culture was called the Sican (~750-1375 CE).
    And this is not even close to being the earliest evidence of metal work. Cultures in Asia began smelting copper somewhere around 6000 BCE. In the Andes, fantastic metalwork has been widely documented for the Chavin culture (900-200 BCE) and some fragments of metalwork have been dated to 1100 BCE at Mina Perdida.
    Although this is a spectacular find and very interesting that it came from a Spanish shipwreck off the Florida coast, I wish that the archaeologists who made the find had researched a bit more about Peru before making this kind of statement.
    As a Peruvian archaeologist focusing on the Moche (specifically the times 200-800 BCE), these marks of metal are very well know, highly investigated, and does not change the way Peruvian cultures are perceived. It does however indicate how the Spanish interacted, looted, and valued pre-inca items.

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