Project team members Luis Alberto Peña, Carmen Carranza and Ann Peters with graduate and undergraduate students of the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad de Cusco, and museum director Eva León Farfán.
Two mortuary bundle assemblages from the Wari Kayan cemetery (Paracas Necropolis) were sent from the Museo Nacional to the University Museum of the UNSAAC (today the Museo Inka). We were happy to find them still in residence and quite well preserved, and were able to conduct analysis and conservation of both the artifacts and human remains in a modern laboratory and classroom wing of the Museum.
Project conservator Carmen Carranza uses a variable-suction vacuum to remove organic dust from a fragment of wrapping cloth, one of five additional artifacts we were able to identify among the “conglomerados” – mixed organic materials stored after mortuary bundle WK 27 was opened in 1961. Carlos Galimberti’s analysis was published in the Revista del Museo in 1963.