Peru: Ancient remains of fisherwoman found in Aspero, Caral civilization's fishing town



16:01 | Barranca (Lima region), May. 4.

A burial of a woman who must have been engaged in fishing or other similar activity, perhaps 5,000 years ago, was found at the archaeological site of Aspero, Caral civilization's fishing town located south of Supe Port, in Lima's Barranca Province.

Archaeologist David Palomino, in charge of the excavations, told Andina news agency that the funerary context was found in the area known as Huaca Alta and belongs, due to its simplicity, to a woman of low social status.

Distribution of work

Palomino explained that the key to drawing this conclusion is the noticeable malformation of the eardrum, known as external auditory exostosis (EAE).

He explained that external auditory exostosis appears in people who routinely dive in the sea for various years.

That is why this is a common feature in people who are engaged in fishing or those who practice water sports, such as diving or surfboarding. 

"For that reason, it (EAE) is also referred to as surfer's ear," the archaeologist pointed out.

This discovery sheds light on how work was distributed several centuries ago in ancient Peru. 

In this regard, Palomino emphasized that Dr. Ruth Shady, who leads research projects in various sites pertaining to the Caral civilization, such as Aspero, has affirmed for years that men and women fulfilled complementary roles.


Published: 5/4/2022
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