PHOTOS: "Unexpected" Male Found in Pre-Inca Tomb?

PHOTOS: ''Unexpected'' Male Found in Pre-Inca Tomb?
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Painted ceramic vessels were among the Moche artifacts recently found inside a double-chambered tomb at the San Jose de Moro site in Peru, archaeologists said in September 2009. These bowls include pictures of a Moche high priestess on a raft.

Artwork painted on previously discovered Moche pottery often depicts a ritual ceremony where a coffin is lowered into a tomb like the one excavated.

According to excavation leader Castillo Butters, the elite funerals held at San Jose de Moro were cause for celebration and allowed for the seamless transition of power from one ruler to the next.
—Photograph courtesy Luis Jaime Castillo Butters
 
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