September 16, 2015

Elaborate 700 BCE Tomb Uncovered at Pacopamapa, Peru

Archaeologists have unearthed a tomb at Pacopampa, Peru dated to 700 BCE. It is a double burial of high ranking priests from the Pacopampa Culture. They were placed looking north and south. A necklace of 25 gold beads and a black ceramic bottle designed in a serpent/jaguar motif were placed in the tomb. Red, green, brown, black, and white pigments were placed in front of one skull. They exhibited cranial deformation, indicating their elite status. This may be the site of a much larger complex, and the team will continue digging and doing more research on the priests.

Ancient Origins has the story here with a set of very good photos of the finds;

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Peru (5000 BC-600 BC)

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