Peru re­veals face of an­cient ruler

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In­tro­duc­ing the Lady of Cao: us­ing high-tech 3-D print­ing and based on the skull of an an­cient mummy, sci­en­tists have reconstructed the face of a woman who gov­erned in north­ern Peru 1,700 years ago. The woman’s mum­mi­fied re­mains were dis­cov­ered at the Cao Viejo adobe pyra­mid in 2006 in the Chi­cama Val­ley, just north of the mod­ern city of Tru­jillo. “Tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to see the face of a po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious and cul­tural leader of the past,” Cul­ture Min­is­ter Sal­vador del So­lar said when he un­veiled a life­like bust of the woman on Tues­day in Lima.

The woman, dubbed the Lady of Cao, be­longed to the Moche cul­ture that thrived in the north­ern coastal re­gion be­tween 100 and 800 AD. She had been buried with metal items and wooden scepters wrapped in cop­per that sym­bol­ized the power she wielded when she was alive. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists say she is the first known fe­male governor in Peru.

Be­fore this ex­perts did not believe that women had any gov­ern­ing or re­li­gious au­thor­ity in pre-His­panic Peru. Sci­en­tists worked for 10 months to repli­cate the woman’s face by an­a­lyz­ing her skull struc­ture and com­par­ing it with pic­tures of fe­male res­i­dents of Mag­dalena de Cao, the town near­est to the pyra­mid. — AFP

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