A Wari Matriarchy?
Castillo de Huarmey, Peru
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|Photo credit, Patrycja Przadka Giersz.|
Check out the head and face on top of the ceremonial flask!
“This is the first time in an archaeological excavation that we have found a tomb full of prestige goods related to Wari women,” Giersz says, adding that cotton and camel-wool textiles also found as grave goods were considered by the Wari to be more valuable offerings than gold. Giersz estimates that the tomb dates to A.D. 750. Burials of royal men have been found at the site, but thus far not in chambers of this size. The tomb could answer questions about the roles that women played at the highest levels of Wari society.