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3800-year-old statuettes of priestess and politicians discovered in Peru

Jun 11, 2015 13:00 IST

Researchers discovered a trio of mud statuettes inside a reed basket in a building, an important archaeological site, in the ancient city of Vichama in northern Peru. They believe that it was created about 3800 years ago by the ancient Caral civilization.

The information of the discovery of figurines measuring no more than 80cm was given by Ministry of Culture of Peru on 9 June 2015.

Two of the three figures, who were a man and woman, were painted in white, black and red. It is believed that they represented political authorities. The third, a woman with 28 fingers and red dots on her white face, is believed to represent a priestess.

The figures had been arranged to be looking at one another.

Apart from this, the research team, also unearthed two mud statuettes of women’s faces which are wrapped in cloth and covered with yellow, blue and orange feathers.

Caral Civilisation
The Caral civilisation first emerged some 5000-year-ago and lived in Peru's Supe Valley. The civillisation covered an area of over 60 hectares, with around 3000 inhabitants and left an impressive architecture including pyramids and sunken amphitheaters.

It was abandoned around 1800BC for unknown reasons.

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