November 1, 2015

Human and Feline Trophy Heads Uncovered in Peru

Twelve human trophy heads and one feline trophy head have been found in a cemetery in Peru. The area is dated to 600-1100 CE. The heads were skinned and drilled with holes for cords. The feline head had its eyes stuffed with red textiles. Feline trophy heads are seen on pottery, but this now proves that the representations are real. Both Nazca and Wari style trophy heads were found, based on skull perforation styles. The heads were probably attached to headdresses or worn as masks in ritual performances. Isotopic analysis is now taking place.
For more information on the project;

Peru This Week has the report here with a video;

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Andean News Magazine

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Andean News on Tumblr

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