Lord of Sipan, Lady of Cao might've been contemporaries

El Señor de Úcupe fue hallado en el interior del complejo arqueológico del mismo nombre ubicado en el distrito de Zaña, Lambayeque.

16:49 | Lima, Aug. 26.

Archaeologists from the Lambayeque region, in northern Peru, have stated that based on latest research the Old Lord of Sipan would have been contemporary of the Lord of Ucupe and the Lady of Cao.

“There are consistent elements which prove the said postulate,” said Luis Chero Zurita, Director of the Huaca Rajada-Sipan site museum.

He recalled that taking into account DNA analysis it has been proved that with difference of four generations the ancient Lord of Sipan was a direct ancestor of the best-known personage the Lord of Sipan, leading to a high-ranking hierarchy Inheritance.

“At the tomb where the ancient top level individual from the Sipan society was buried two lamas and two young women, who are believed of have been his concubines, were found,” he said in statements to Andina news agency.

The excavations at Sipan unearthed the elaborate funerary remains of a this high-ranking individual known as the Old Lord of Sipa´n, he was found in the tomb 3 buried with an extensive assortment of metal, shell, ceramic, and feather objects.

Renowned for their monumental architecture and rich visual culture, the Moche inhabited the north coast of Peru during the Early Intermediate Period (AD 100–800).

Chero continued, “We are claiming that the Old Lord, in the year 300 AD, made the unification of the whole valley and turned Sipan an important site because he probably conquered it through religious and warlike activity”.

He had been buried in the first construction phase of the funerary platform, making him the most ancient high-ranking individual found at the site so far.

Through this means, the researcher said, Sipan passes to become a major capital in the north coast of Peru from 300 to 700 AD with the death of the Lord of Sipan.


Published: 8/26/2014
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