SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.32 issue1MULTISYSTEMIC TUBERCULOSIS IN A PRE-COLUMBIAN PERUVIAN MUMMY: FOUR DIAGNOSTIC LEVELS, AND A PALEOEPIDEMIOLOGICAL HYPOTHESISTHIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BASIN PALEOPATHOLOGY author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Journal

Article

Indicators

Related links

Share


Chungará (Arica)

On-line version ISSN 0717-7356

Abstract

VERANO, John W.. PALEONTHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF SACRIFICIAL VICTIMS AT THE PYRAMID OF THE MOON, MOCHE RIVER VALLEY, NORTHERN PERU. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2000, vol.32, n.1, pp.61-70. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562000000100011.

In 1995-6, excavations directed by Steve Bourget of the University of East Anglia recovered the skeletal remains of more than 60 adolescent and young adult males who were sacrificed around A.D. 500 at the Pyramid of the Moon in the Moche River Valley, northern coastal Peru. This paper presents data from an ongoing analysis of the skeletal remains, including information on the physical and demographic characteristics of the victims, evidence of healed and perimortem trauma, and taphonomic indicators. Of particular interest are numerous examples of injuries in the process of healing at the time of death, as well as evidence of mutilation, dismemberment, and defleshing of some of the victims. Observed patterns in antemortem and perimortem injuries are used to interpret the events that produced this deposit

Keywords : Paleopathology; trauma; defleshing; human sacrifices.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in English

 

Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License