In 2010 we first observed bold blue designs on the hands and forearms of Wari Kayan individuals 113 and 114, sent by Tello to be studied and exhibited in New York in 1937 and curated since then by the American Museum of Natural History. After also observing beautifully preserved oval ‘s’ forms and wide stripes
In May 2013, project co-directors Elsa Tomasto and Ann Peters teamed up with the famed “Mummy Road Show” hosts Gerald Conlogue and Ron Beckett, specialists in imaging techniques for non-invasive study of mummy bundles and human remains. They are working with Chester Lowe and Vikram Butani of Kubtek, who brought high-technology portable digital X-ray equipment
On June 6th, 2012, we took the individual in burial WK 16 to Mount Auburn Hospital for a detailed CT scan, X-rays and diagnostic analysis by Dr. Pierre Sasson and his colleagues and students at Harvard Medical School. Peabody Museum staff Michele Morgan and Olivia Herschensohn and project members Richard Sutter and Ann Peters escorted
In the second half of 2012, we proposed to work in the Depósito de Material Orgánico of the MNAAHP to attempt to locate and document weapons, tools and regalia associated with the sample of Paracas Necropolis gravelots under study, particularly objects not documented in 2005-6 in the conservation project supported by Dumbarton Oaks (see Publications).
In 2012, we worked during two periods with veterinarian Enrique Angulo, who studies person-animal relationships based on evidence from archaeological contexts. He collaborated with Antje Chiu Werner of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural on identification of feathers used in constructing fans, tassels, and feathered garments placed within the Paracas Necropolis mortuary bundles. He focused
We are proud to have played a key role in the organization of the “Simposio Paracas-Nasca”, held in Ica, Peru on August 9-11, 2012. The symposium brought together researchers associated with five current international projects, previous projects active in the region and Peruvian universities. There were twelve lectures that brought new data to this forum,
We worked at the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia del Perú during four periods in 2011-2012. This museum holds the majority of the gravelots excavated by Julio C. Tello at the Paracas Peninsula between 1925 and 1929. In order to reconstruct the original contents of a Paracas Necropolis gravelot as fully as possible,
Between May and September 2011, we have conducted two months of intensive research on the contents of two Paracas Necropolis mortuary bundles housed in the Museo Regional de Ica. As part of this research, we improved the electric installation and installed new table surfaces in the laboratory spaces at the Museum and carried out preventative
Proyecto “Prácticas en Vida, Presencia después de la Muerte: Lo estilístico y lo material en Paracas Necrópolis” We are so happy to report that we have finally received permission to conduct research within the museum system of Peru’s new Ministerio de Cultura, specifically in the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e História del Perú (MNAAHP)
Equipo del Proyecto con la directora Eva León Farfán
We wish to thank the institutions that have provided key support for our work: The National Science Foundation – Archaeology Division, grant 0852151, for support for the project Practices in life, presence after death: Style and substance at the Paracas Necropolis. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania, where Ann H.
In Janury 2010, bio-anthropological studies were undertaken on the human remains from four mortuary bundles sent by Julio C. Tello in 1937 to be studied by his colleagues in the United States. Though three bundles were opened and studied by Wendell Bennett and Junius Bird at the Amercan Museum of Natural History, and one bundle studied