Archaeologists fascinated by grave of Indian woman

Archaeologists say the burial site of an Indian woman who died in Peru about 1,600 years ago indicates her status as a warrior or leader among the Moche people.

The mummified woman was buried with gold, headdresses and other items. But her tomb site also contains ceremonial war clubs and spear throwers, items that have not previously been found at the graves of women.

The woman had extensive tattoos on her arms and body, archaeologists said, and had given birth at least once. She was buried along with a teenage girl.

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A Peruvian Woman Warrior of A.D. 450 (The New York Times 5/17)
Tattooed Mummy With Jewelry Found in Peru (AP 5/16)