- Title: Peru reveals replica of pre-Hispanic ruler, the 'Lady of Cao'
- Date: 4th July 2017
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (JULY 04, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** GENERAL VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE FINDINGS OF SCANNED SKULL OF "LADY OF CAO" OFFICIALS TAKING A SEAT AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PERU CULTURE MINISTER, SALVADOR DEL SOLAR, SAYING: "Although a metre and a half (approximately 4.9 feet), this woman is of enormous significance, on par with the Lord of Sipan. It is not just a source of pride but also extraordinary news in what we should know about the development of Peru." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PERU CULTURE MINISTER, SALVADOR DEL SOLAR, SAYING: "Today, with great excitement and pride that I share the panel with those who are going to make an announcement on the Lady of Cao, who has a face and whose face is also the face of Peru and its own culture." AUDIENCE APPLAUDING AT ANNOUNCEMENT
- Embargoed: 18th July 2017 21:25
- Keywords: Lady of Cao mummy replica face ruler Peru history
- Location: LIMA, TRUJILLO, PERU
- City: LIMA, TRUJILLO, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0066OAZ29V
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- Story Text: She died some 1,700 years ago, after ruling over a desert valley in ancient Peru where her elaborately tattooed body was buried with weapons, crowns and gold-plated copper.
But the likeness of the famed former priestess, the Lady of Cao, can now be glimpsed in a replica of her face that was unveiled by culture officials and archaeologists on Monday (July 04).
Using 3D imaging technology and forensics archaeology, the replica was based on the Lady of Cao's skull structure and ethnographic research and took ten months to create, Peru's culture ministry said.
The goal, said Culture Minister Salvador del Solar, is to bring the world closer to one of Peru's best archaeological finds and remind Peruvians of their rich cultural heritage.
Investigators behind the 3D replica say the face of the "Lady of Cao's" face reveals insights into the genetic development of Peruvians.
The Lady of Cao shattered the belief that the ancient Moche people, who occupied the Chicama Valley from about 100-700, was patriarchal. After she was discovered in 2005, several other female mummies were found in graves with objects denoting their high political and religious standing.
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