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New discovery of female mummy

Elvi Bjorkquist - Saturday, May 14, 2016

Artifacts Found With The Female MummyAlthough most archaeologists believed ancient cities north of Lima were 2,500 years old, a new discovery dates civilizations there at 4,500 years old. The new discovery, a high-status female mummy was probably a noblewoman who died between aged 40 to 50 years old. She was buried with carved bone objects of monkeys and birds, and other diverse artifacts made from seashells. She was recently unearthed in Aspero, an ancient fishing village, about 14 miles from Caral.

Other signs of the importance of the arts are bone flutes found at several sites indicating that music, in addition to the textile and visual arts, played an important role in Peru’s ancient civilizations.

Our small group tours highlight these types of artifacts with hosted visits to museums. Of course, you will also tour the archaeological sites from which these items were excavated.Read more about Peru's ancient cultures

First Unlooted Tomb Found In Peru

Elvi Bjorkquist - Sunday, July 21, 2013

El Castillo de Huarmey, the stepped pyramid 
mausoleum on the coast of southern Peru, 
has been dubbed the “Temple of the Dead.” 
Peru announced Thursday the discovery of 
an ancient tomb filled with golden treasure, 
three queens and the servants who 
accompanied them into the afterlife some 
1,200 years ago.

The Wari (Huari) were ancient rulers of 
southern Peru before 1000 A.D. and the 
advent of the Inca Empire. The 
archaeologists collected more than a thousand 
artifacts, including sophisticated gold and silver 
jewelry, bronze axes, and gold weaving tools, 
along with the bodies of three Wari queens 
and 60 other individuals. For archaeologists, 
the greatest treasure will be the tomb’s wealth 
of new information on the Wari (Huari) Empire. 
The construction of an imperial mausoleum at 
El Castillo shows that Wari lords conquered and 
politically controlled this part of the northern 
coast, and likely played a key role in the 
downfall of the northern Moche kingdom.

Explore our Cultures & Arts Timeline and 
Pre-Columbian Art Gallery, plus our timeline map.

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