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02.07.12 - Facial reconstruction of 800 year old Peruvian “Priestess of Chornancap”

In December of 2012, we unveiled the completed forensic facial reconstruction of the Priestess of Chornancap, an elite woman who ruled the coastal region of northern Peru approximately 800 years ago. Researchers of the Hans Brüning National Archeological Museum in Lambayeque, Peru discovered her remains during excavations of the Chornancap pyramid complex in 2011. Her body was adorned with a copper mask and elaborate crown, a textile interwoven with copper plates, pectoral necklaces made of carved shells and thousands of colored beads, gold earspools, and a gold scepter. Artifacts from as far as Ecuador and the high Andes were buried with her, apparently as gifts from these regions, evidence that her influence extended throughout the region. Dr. Haagan Klaus of Utah Valley University, Dr. Carlos Wester, Director of the Brüning Museum, and professional personnel of the museum worked with me on the reconstruction. You can view the BBC news story here.


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