posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:08 PM
Well not quite, but still a very cool find!
Archaeologists in Peru say they have unearthed the previously unknown tomb of a nobleman from a pre-Inca civilization known as the Moche. The tomb
contained the remains of an adult male, plus artifacts indicating the man's elite status, according to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.
Among the most intriguing artifacts are ornamental metal pieces fashioned to look like feline paws with claws. The paws may have been part of a ritual
costume used in ceremonial combat, El Comercio reported. The loser would be sacrificed, while the winner would get the costume.
Excerpts and Image source - NBC
Trujillo, displayed the pieces as well as a copper scepter, bronze earrings, a mask and ceremonial ceramics on Thursday. "The scepter signifies
power; the earrings, status; and the ceramic piece is typical of an elite personage," Uceda told El Comercio.
He said the tomb and its contents, which are thought to be 1,500 years old, could shed new light on the Moche culture, an agricultural and artistic
society that collapsed around the year 800.
I don't remember ever hearing about a similar find. As a side note, I find it very interesting that this pre-Incan culture would view the scepter as a
symbol of power. Scepters/Sceptres/Rods/Staffs have been a significant symbol of power in many cultures for thousands of years in Northern Africa,
Europe and the Middle East. I wonder if this symbolism dates back possibly tens of thousands of years and shares a common origin?
I found an image with more of the artifacts that were found in the tomb (below) as well as some more detailed information at
The History Blog
. The scepter can be seen below along with what I believe are two eye
coverings, many many beads and some very serious (ear) plugs.
link to larger image
The below image is actually Lord of Sipán
, from a Moche tomb unearthed in 1987. My apologies!
link to larger image at source
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