Title

Who Were the Moche Sacrificial Victims? A Bioarchaeological Perspective

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

4-2-2004

Conference Name

69th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

Conference Location

Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

Abstract

Archaeologists working in northern Perú have suggested that the Moche sacrificial victims either represent defeated Moche warriors of ritual battles (tinku) drawn from the local population, or that the victims represent warriors captured in warfare. When compared to other north coast mortuary populations, biodistances based upon epigenetic dental traits indicate that the Huaca de la Luna sacrificial victims are highly variable and least similar among the samples compared. When both mortuary treatment and iconographic analysis are considered, the biodistances suggest that the sacrificial victims were drawn from a variety of nearby populations but from not the local Moche.

Disciplines

Anthropology

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