August 22, 2018

Excavations at a Ramada site in Peru

1,500 year old remains of 60 people and six trophy heads in 27 funerary pits dating to 550 CE have been uncovered in southern Peru, naturally mummified by the dry climate. They were part of the Ramada culture. Archaeologists have found beautiful and feathered textiles in their burials. At the new site, babies were were buried next to their mothers, perhaps buried at the same time.
The team believes that the trophy heads buried here are from the same community, and are the heads of warriors from the community who were killed in battle. This interpretation is still in dispute. The team that excavated this site will carry out DNA and isotope research on the remains to try and prove their assertions

The findings were presented at the SAA meeting in Washington DC in April and will be published.

Live Science has the report here with photos;

https://www.livescience.com/63295-trophy-heads-mummies-ancient-peru-pits.html

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