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1100 year old tomb found in Peru

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:32 am    Post subject: 1100 year old tomb found in Peru Reply with quote

Not Egyptian, but still interesting:

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LIMA ó Peruvian archeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient pre-Columbian lord buried with gold and silver ornaments in coastal northern Peru, one of the researchers told AFP on Wednesday.
The 1,100-year-old tomb in the Lambayeque region of northern Peru belonged to a noble from the Sican culture, said Carlos Elera, director of the Sican Archeology Project.
The noble was buried "sitting on a litter, with a mask, crown and several gold and silver objects that show his high rank," Elera told AFP by telephone from the city of Chiclayo.
Important pre-Columbian people were routinely transported on litters until the practice was banned by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.
The tomb, which was in an excellent condition, was discovered two weeks ago in the Lambayeque's Bosque de Pomac historical sanctuary.
Elera said the find was "of great importance" because it was closely linked to a large pyramid nearby known as Las Ventanas (The Windows).
The Sican culture flourished between the years 750 and 1375, and reached the peak of its power between the years 900 and 1,100.
Archaeologists say they paid homage to the Lord of Sican, the most important deity in northern Peru.
Around 1375 the Sican people were conquered by the Chimu kingdom, which in turn was conquered by the Incas.


I found it interesting that the man was buried sitting on a litter.
Most burials have the deceased lying down. The seated position is interesting. Must be a bit eerie too if you are doing the excavation Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anneke,
I think they buried people sitting up in bundle blankets quite often (in Peru), especially the high altitude mountain sacrifices. Burial litters were in use by many indigenous people from Maya-Sipan. The art (mostly gold) is quite good and sophisticated but often macabre.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that you mention it, that reminds me of the frozen mummy - wasn't she referred to as the Inca maiden or something like that?

I do remember the art as depicting things like skulls. I don't know a whole lot about that culture (probably obvious from my comments Smile ).
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More news:
Some background and a picture of the general site by Fox News

And for some background:
The Sican Archaeological Project

Their photos are on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50392903@N07/page3/
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anneke wrote:
Now that you mention it, that reminds me of the frozen mummy - wasn't she referred to as the Inca maiden or something like that?

I do remember the art as depicting things like skulls. I don't know a whole lot about that culture (probably obvious from my comments Smile ).


Ah, I see you already found that tomb before I mentioned it in the other thread, and to be honest, I know little of that culture, even less than the Egyptian.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice post Anneke. Iím a bit familiar with the Mayan, Toltec and Inca cultures, but not with their predecessors. Very interesting.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anneke,
Yes, I think you're right about the inca maiden. There have been about a dozen, I think, bundle child burials found at the top of very high mountains in Peru/Bolivia.

Thanks for the additional information. Here are some more links on Sican:

http://www.go2peru.com/chiclayo_sican.htm

http://www.inkanatura.com/coastchiclayotrujillo_sican_national_museum.asp

http://www.precolumbiangold.com/sican.htm

I have to say that Sipan art is more sophisticated:

http://www.go2peru.com/sipan_museum.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a book I will get around to reading soon about the subject. It is called the Ice Maiden by Johan Reinhard.
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