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Artificial mummies from the Andes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15571089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In 1997 agricultural workers, turned into looters, found an intact funerary site in the cloud forest in northeastern Peru. A prompt archaeological rescue project permitted the recovery of an important collection of mummies and artifacts that are providing important insights about the archaeology of the Chachapoya people that established in this area around 900 AD up to the Inca conquest of this territory around the year 1475. The mummies recovered showed evidence of cultural practices devised and used to assure the preservation of the human bodies. Such practices are also reported for among Chinchorro and Chiribaya mummies in the Andes. A cultural interpretation of these funerary activities is discussed connecting the practice of the cult to the ancestors to the access and management of resources and territory.
Authors:
Sonia E Guillén
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Collegium antropologicum     Volume:  28 Suppl 2     ISSN:  0350-6134     ISO Abbreviation:  Coll Antropol     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-01     Completed Date:  2004-12-30     Revised Date:  2009-02-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003354     Medline TA:  Coll Antropol     Country:  Croatia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Centro Mallqui, The Bioanthropology Foundation Peru, Lima, Peru. mallqui@amauta.rcp.net.pe
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Embalming*
History, Ancient
Humans
Indians, South American / history*
Mummies*
Peru

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