Scientists reconstructed the face of the ruler of the pre-Columbian era
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Ruler Sipan, the tomb of a high-ranking person of the pre-Inca civilization of Mocha (Moche), a new exhibit was presented in the Peruvian museum – a statue of a ruler with a reconstructed face.
In the Museum of the royal tombs of Sipan visitors could see the reconstructed face of the ruler of Sipan, who lived in the III century. Remains of the ruler of pre-Columbian era archaeologists discovered in 1987 in the village of Sipan in the north of Peru. The highly developed Mochika civilization, to which the burial belongs, existed on the northern coast of Peru from the 1st to the VIII century.
Anthropologists reconstructed the face, analyzing the skull and facial bones of the mummy of the ruler. “The skull was badly damaged due to the pressure of the earth and precious stones, but thanks to computer modeling we were able to make a virtual reconstruction,” said archaeologist Walter Alva, who excavates the Mochica culture.
Anthropologists believe that the ruler of Sipan died at the age of 45 to 55 years. His height was 167 centimeters. The appearance of the ancient ruler was similar to that of the modern inhabitants of Peru.