Photo: Thighbones Were Scepters for Ancient Zapotec Men?



A Zapotec ruler holds a human femur in a stone carving at the site of Lambityeco in Mexico's Valley of Oaxaca. In this case, art may have been imitating life. New grave excavations suggest Zapotec men, both elites and commoners, brandished ancestral femurs as symbols of power, researchers said in July 2009.

Photograph by Linda Nicholas


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