The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, October 1, 2016


Evidence shows that powerful women ruled 1,200 years ago in northern Peru
View of one of two skeletons found in a burial chamber of the Moche culture (between 200-700 AD), in the Cao religious compound, close to the city of Trujillo, some 570 kilometers north of Lima, on August 3, 2013. The finding of a pre-Hispanic tomb of a priestess, the eighth in more than two decades of research, put in evidence that powerful women ruled 1,200 years ago in northern Peru, according to archaeologists who found the burial chamber. AFP PHOTO/DOUGLAS SUAREZ/STR.

By: Roberto Cortijo

LIMA (AFP).- The discovery in Peru of another tomb belonging to a pre-Hispanic priestess, the eighth in more than two decades, confirms that powerful women ruled this region 1,200 years ago, archeologists said.

The remains of the woman from the Moche -- or Mochica -- civilization were discovered in late July in an area called La Libertad in the country's northern Chepan province.

It is one of several finds in this region that have amazed scientists. In 2006, researchers came across the famous "Lady of Cao" -- who died about 1,700 years ago and is seen as one of the first female rulers in Peru.

"This find makes it clear that women didn't just run rituals in this area but governed here and were queens of Mochica society," project director Luis Jaime Castillo told AFP.

"It is the eighth priestess to be discovered," he added. "Our excavations have only turned up tombs with women, never men."

The priestess was in an "impressive 1,200-year-old burial chamber" the archeologist said, pointing out that the Mochica were known as master craftsmen.

"The burial chamber of the priestess is 'L'-shaped and made of clay, covered with copper plates in the form of waves and sea birds," Castillo said.

Near the neck is a mask and a knife, he added.

The tomb, decorated with pictures in red and yellow, also has ceramic offerings -- mostly small vases -- hidden in about 10 niches on the side.

"Accompanying the priestess are bodies of five children, two of them babies, and two adults, all of whom were sacrificed," Castillo said, noting there were two feathers atop the coffin.

Julio Saldana, the archeologist responsible for work in the burial chamber, said the discovery of the tomb confirms the village of San Jose de Moro is a cemetery of the Mochica elite, with the most impressive tombs belonging to women.



© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse






Today's News

August 23, 2013

Evidence shows that powerful women ruled 1,200 years ago in northern Peru

National Maritime Museum uses X-ray scans to help fix musical toy from Titanic

Sotheby's to offer Magnificent Ritual Bronzes from the Collection of Julius Eberhardt

Columbus Museum of Art opens "George Bellows and the American Experience"

Researchers from The University of York reveal hunter-gatherers' taste for spice

Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery receives gift of 374 rare Southern Arabian artifacts

British Library to partner with National Library of Singapore to digitise Malay manuscripts

Tibetan coins achieved record prices at Spink China Auction held in Hong Kong

Bonhams appoint Anastasia Vinokurova as its new representative in Moscow

Christie's announces Sale of Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Paintings and Prints

Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai announces the sixteenth Young Collectors Auction

Columbus Museum of Art breaks ground on new wing by architecture firm DesignGroup

Exhibition with works by Anders Kjellesvik and Monique van Genderen on view at Galerie Michael Janssen

The vibrancy of the current contemporary art scene in China brought to London for the first time

Permanent collection is given fresh new perspectives at the Haggerty Museum of Art

Colourful murals show Nepal's dark side

British Library displays The Football Association's 1863 Minute Book

A new exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art explores the photography of Alberto Korda

The inaugural Edition Chicago announces 2013 gallery list

The Jewish Museum presents "Elaine Reichek: A Postcolonial Kinderhood Revisited"

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Stone Age mummy Oetzi still revealing secrets, 25 years on

2.- Tunisian remains found by British researchers prove 100,000-year human presence

3.- Rembrandt's four earliest paintings reunited for the first time at the Ashmolean

4.- Baltimore Museum of Art is one of only two major U.S. museums to feature an installation by transgender artists

5.- Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old human skeleton at Mediterranean shipwreck

6.- Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture

7.- Rich London residents angry over Tate Modern voyeurs

8.- V&A Museum chief quits to fight nationalism post-Brexit

9.- Exhibition in Turin celebrates the most important family of Flemish artists

10.- Pointillism is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful