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Señora de Cao to be investigated by Harvard experts

Phillip Orange

The discovery of Señora de Cao changed the concept of Moche society and now researchers want to know what the relationship of the others buried along with her is.

Señora de Cao to be investigated by Harvard experts

Señora de Cao and several other bodies were found in 2006. (Photo: Andina)

A group of experts from Harvard University will arrive in Trujillo this week and take samples of the archaeological find known as Señora de Cao, Señora de Cao is a mummy that was found in 2006 and is suspected that she was once a powerful ruler of the Moche people.

The aim of the sample taking is to determine whether there is a level of kinship and of what type with the other mummies buried with Señora de Cao.

The research will be led by American archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter, who is in charge of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Quilter announced that DNA studies of Señora de Cao and her funeral cortege which consists of 5 others should be ready by the end of this year or early 2017.

The discovery of the mummy changed the concept of Moche society, the mummy was found inside the Huaca Cao Viejo and was remarkable well preserved and buried and was buried along with items that suggest that she was once a ruler.

Along with the discovery there were a young girl that appeared to have been sacrificed along with three companions that were buried along with her, all with robes, necklaces, headdresses, ceremonial batons and nose rings.

Six months of work led by experts carefully unwrapped the mummy and found skin samples that suggests that the body was tattooed with figures and symbols which has left researchers baffled.

A museum was opened in 2009 displaying the remains that were found and has been drawing attention from all over with 40,000 visitors from all over the world visiting every year, the director Regulo Franco hopes the museum reaches 60,000 visitors a year.

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