Cinnabar used by Los Moches for paint the tattoos on your skin about 1,600 years ago could have gotten from a nearby mine according to the recent findings of the archaeologist Regulo Franco.
In 2006, Franco and his archaeological team that he was in El Brujo on the north coast of Peru they discovered the tomb of the Lady of Cao, a young woman who was obviously a ruler, buried around the year 400 after Christ in 26 layers of fine cloth and flanked by spears and clubs as signs of power. From the pots found in the tomb, it is believed that died after giving birth, possibly eclampsia.
One of the unique characteristics is that, in addition to being superbly decorated with sparkling nose rings, crowns and necklaces, her skin was delicately full of tattooswith snakes, fish and other figures, which has given him the nickname of the Tattooed Woman.
Franco believes that the tattoos were made with cinnabar brought from areas much further south, like the Andean highlands of Huancavelica.
But his discovery this month of a pre-Inca mine near Trujillo allows you to believe that cinnabar or mercuric sulfide was obtained locally.
The mine, with malachite crystals and the mineral mercury sulfide, is accessible from the western slope of Cerro Portachuelo, in the protected area of Cerro Campaña, a hill on the outskirts of Trujillo considered as sacred by the Moche.
The entrance to the mine has a first space of 7 meters before the beginning of the tunnel. Archaeologists have found ceramic remains and bone fragments that could indicate that the mine It was used by the Moche. The mine has not been explored yet due to harmful gases.
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