Monday, October 7, 2013

Ancient Female Burials

From Peninsula Daily News: Remains of centuries-old Native woman buried at Tse-whit-zen
The remains of a native woman who likely lived on the North Olympic Peninsula centuries ago have been returned to the earth.

Lower Elwha Klallam tribal members met under rainy skies Sept. 28 to inter the remains at the tribe's Tse-whit-zen site along Marine Drive, the historic location of one of the largest prehistoric Klallam villages on the Peninsula. 

“It was a funeral service that day,” said Frances Charles, chairwoman of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe.

After 73 years in the collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, the remains, found somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula in the 1920s, were given to the tribe earlier this summer.

From the Star: Moche priestess tomb
She was a priestess who offered blood to the gods, and was laid to rest more than 1,200 years ago.

Her chamber tomb was a rare find that most archaeology students can only dream of adding to their resumé, but Matthew Go, 20, has done just that.

Go is the only Canadian on a team of archaeologists in Peru who in July discovered a Moche priestess chamber tomb buried between AD700-800. The tomb is the eighth in a cluster of priestess tombs found since 1991 at the San Jose de Moro archaeological site in the Jequetepeque Valley in northwest Peru.

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