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New Archaeological Discoveries in Peru

By May 18, 2006

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  • A tattooed mummy of a young girl, thought to be a sacrificial vivtim, was discovered in nothern Peru. "Archaeologists believe the woman had died in her late twenties and had been part of the Moche elite. They found gold jewellery including necklaces, nose ornaments and headdresses in the grave:" Elaborate mummy uncovered in Peru (Daily Mail) .

    "Baptized the Lady of Cao by researchers after it was found by a ceremonial pyramid near the Pacific Ocean, the tattooed mummy is the first female Moche leader ever discovered. It could debunk theories that the culture, known for its pottery and human sacrifices, was governed only by men." Details at Tattooed mummy unlocks Peru's Moche culture (Reuters UK).

  • Ancient observatory found in Peru (UPI); "The oldest astronomical observatory in the Western Hemisphere has reportedly been discovered a few miles north of Lima, Peru.

    The site, including ornate carvings more sophisticated than any found before in the same area, dates back 4,200 years -- 800 years before such artistic and scientific skill was previously known to have existed in the Americas, National Geographic News reported Wednesday."

  • Read more about Archaeology and Research in Peru and the Cities and Regions of Peru.

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