Re­searchers un­cover 3,800-year-old Caral mud stat­uettes in Peru: min­istry

The China Post - - LIFE -

Re­searchers in Peru have dis­cov­ered a trio of stat­uettes they be­lieve were cre­ated by the an­cient Caral civ­i­liza­tion some 3,800 years ago, the cul­ture min­istry said Tues­day.

The mud stat­uettes were found in­side a reed bas­ket in a build­ing at the an­cient city of Vichama in north­ern Peru, which is to­day an im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site. The min­istry said they were prob­a­bly used in re­li­gious rit­u­als per­formed be­fore break­ing ground on a new build­ing.

Two of the fig­ures, a naked man and woman painted in white, black and red, are be­lieved to rep­re­sent po­lit­i­cal au- thor­i­ties. The third, a women with 28 fin­gers and red dots on her white face, is be­lieved to rep­re­sent a priest­ess.

The re­search team, led by ar­chae­ol­o­gist Ruth Shady, also un­earthed two mud fig­urines of women’s faces wrapped in cloth and cov­ered with yel­low, blue and or­ange feath­ers.

The Caral civ­i­liza­tion emerged some 5,000 years ago and lived in Peru’s Supe Val­ley, leav­ing be­hind im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture in­clud­ing pyra­mids and sunken am­phithe­aters.

AFP

Hand­out photo re­leased on Tues­day, June 9 by the Peru­vian Min­istry of Cul­ture of a mud stat­uette in Lima, Peru.

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