Museo de America
The Paracas Mummy
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In Paracas there are many large underground burial chambers, able to hold up to forty mummies like this one. It is thought they were for different families . There is nothing on the top to indicate the tombs beneath. The roof of the chamber was covered with whale bones and matting with small footholds in the walls.
Paracas is the name of a fishing village on an isolated peninsula on the south coast of Peru that was home to an important Andean society between approximately 750 BCE and 100 CE. 'Paracas' means sand blown by the wind
In Paracas culture an elongated skull was a sign of nobility