23 Aug '13, 7am

Girl power in ancient Peru confirmed

Girl power in ancient Peru confirmed

LIMA, Peru: While history remembers men being in charge of civilisations, a new tomb discovery in Peru confirms that powerful women ruled the region 1,200 years ago. Archaeologists stake the claim on another tomb belonging to a pre-Hispanic priestess, the eighth discovered in more than two decades. The remains of the woman from the Moche -- or Mochica -- civilization were discovered in late July in an area called La Libertad in the country's northern Chepan province. In 2006, researchers came across the famous "Lady of Cao" -- who died about 1,700 years ago and is seen as one of the first female rulers in Peru. "This find makes it clear that women didn't just run rituals in this area but governed here and were queens of Mochica society," project director Luis Jaime Castillo told AFP. "It is the eighth priestess to be discovered," he added. "Our excavations have only turned...

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