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Rare Skeleton, Jewels Found In Bolivia Pyramid (Tiwanaku)
Reuters ^ | 5-2-2007

Posted on 05/02/2007 5:38:33 PM PDT by blam

Rare skeleton, jewels found in Bolivia pyramid

Wed May 2, 2007 9:46PM BST

TIWANAKU, Bolivia (Reuters) - Archeologists have uncovered the 1,300-year-old skeleton of a ruler or priest of the ancient Tiwanaku civilization together with precious jewels inside a much-looted pyramid in western Bolivia.

The bones are "in very good condition" and belong to either "a ruler or a priest," Roger Angel Cossio, the Bolivian archeologist who made the discovery, told Reuters on Wednesday.

He said the tomb -- containing a diadem and fist-sized carved pendant of solid gold -- survived centuries of looting by Spanish invaders and unscrupulous raiders who depleted Tiwanaku of many precious treasures.

"After so much looting... miraculously this has stayed to tell us the history," Cossio said.

"It's a complete body... next to it are jewels, offerings and a llama," he said.

The llama may have been a status symbol or a source of food for the journey to the afterlife, archeologists

said.

The corpse was found in a niche carved inside the 15-yard-high (15-metre-high) Akapana pyramid, which was built around 1200 BC and is described by experts as one of the biggest pre-Columbian constructions in South America.

At its peak, the city of Tiwanaku stretched over 1,480 acres and had a population of over 100,000, according to chief archeologist Javier Escalante, who presented the findings on Wednesday at a news conference near the pyramid. The Tiwanaku civilization spread throughout southwestern Bolivia and parts of neighboring Peru, Argentina and Chile from around 1500 BC to AD 1200.

Although experts still have to do carbon dating to determine the age of the remains, archeologists estimate they were buried some 1,300 years ago, during the decline of the Tiwanaku empire.

Cossio believes the remains belong to someone of importance in the Tiwanaku society.

"Not just anyone would be buried under the Akapana pyramid" he said.

In the 1900s workers used the base of the pyramid as a quarry from which they extracted stones to build a rail line connecting the neighboring town of Guaqui with La Paz.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancient; bolivia; godsgravesglyphs; pyramid; pyramids; skeleton; tiwanaku
IMO, we'll eventually have some (big) surprises in this region.
1 posted on 05/02/2007 5:38:35 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

2004: Top (Archaeological) Finds On Bolivian Highlands

2 posted on 05/02/2007 5:41:21 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Interesting.


3 posted on 05/02/2007 5:44:36 PM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: blam

What big surprises do you anticipate?


4 posted on 05/02/2007 5:45:22 PM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: blam

Bookmarked.


5 posted on 05/02/2007 5:47:59 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: blam

The lines on the face of the figure indicate ceremonial disfiguring. It would have been intereting to see the ear plugs. It sure is in great condition.


6 posted on 05/02/2007 5:48:40 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops!)
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To: blam
And the difference between the looting Spaniards or the depleting, unscrupulous raiders of Tiwanaku treasures and the archeologists is?
7 posted on 05/02/2007 6:00:39 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: blam; JRios1968

8 posted on 05/02/2007 6:02:43 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: needlenose_neely
"What big surprises do you anticipate?"

Something along the line of the article below.

Kuelap - The Machu Picchu Of Northern Peru (Chachapoyas - White, blonde haired people)

9 posted on 05/02/2007 6:17:04 PM PDT by blam
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To: needlenose_neely
Vintage Skulls

"The oldest human remains found in the Americas were recently "discovered" in the storeroom of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology. Found in central Mexico in 1959, the five skulls were radiocarbon dated by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Mexico and found to be 13,000 years old. They pre-date the Clovis culture by a couple thousand years, adding to the growing evidence against the Clovis-first model for the first peopling of the Americas."

"Of additional significance is the shape of the skulls, which are described as long and narrow, very unlike those of modern Native Americans."

10 posted on 05/02/2007 6:19:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
The corpse was found in a niche carved inside the 15-yard-high (15-metre-high) Akapana pyramid...

Actually, 15 yards is 13.7 meters. Or, 15 meters is 16.4 yards. Which is it? I doubt a Bolivian archeologist would use yards in his description.

Then again, it is Reuters reporting. Anything from them within 10 per cent of the truth should be celebrated.

11 posted on 05/02/2007 7:09:57 PM PDT by kitchen (Over gunned? Hell, that's better than the alternative!)
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To: blam

Obviously signs of an ancient and highly intelligent form of life.

And look at the size of that nose. Take a lot of marching powder to fill that bad-boy up.


12 posted on 05/02/2007 7:19:16 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: blam
and a llama

But of course!

13 posted on 05/02/2007 7:29:56 PM PDT by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: martin_fierro; blam
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14 posted on 05/02/2007 9:07:17 PM PDT by JRios1968 (This tagline brought to you by courtesy of Happygrl)
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To: blam

Why did you post a sculpture of Prince Charles?


15 posted on 05/02/2007 9:10:40 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Blam.

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16 posted on 05/02/2007 9:55:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Grizzled Bear

17 posted on 05/03/2007 4:38:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: oneamericanvoice

Why the long face?


18 posted on 05/03/2007 4:46:19 AM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: blam
Links to lots more photos here.


19 posted on 05/03/2007 5:01:45 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

20 posted on 05/03/2007 5:03:48 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

21 posted on 05/03/2007 5:04:40 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

22 posted on 05/03/2007 5:05:52 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Speaking of Andean stuff, Mrs. Renfield and I will be attending a lecture on Friday by Wade Davis (one of my favorite anthropologists) on the subject of Peru, at the Grosvenor Auditorium in the HQ of National Geographic in downtown DC. Wish you all could join us!

http://www.perulectures.com/


23 posted on 05/03/2007 6:35:50 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: blam

You bring me gum-gum?


24 posted on 05/03/2007 7:09:30 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Aw, what the heck - Chaos Now, Serenity Later...)
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To: Renfield
" Wish you all could join us!"

Boy, I wish I could too.

If you have a Q & A session, will you ask him about the persistent stories about tall, light-skinned people, see my post #9, and, if there's nothing to them, why do they continue? If he thinks there's 'something to them', ask who they are and where did they come from. See post # 10 also. I'm sure he'll know the lady doing the skull work in that article.

25 posted on 05/03/2007 7:35:23 AM PDT by blam
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
And the difference between the looting Spaniards or the depleting, unscrupulous raiders of Tiwanaku treasures and the archeologists is?

The Spainiards did not have pHDs.

26 posted on 05/03/2007 7:38:32 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Renfield

“Serpent and the Rainbow” author?


27 posted on 05/03/2007 8:29:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yep...also author of “Shadows in the Sun”, one of my favorite books.


28 posted on 05/03/2007 9:41:17 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: blam
"What big surprises do you anticipate?"

Something along the line of the article below.

Kuelap - The Machu Picchu Of Northern Peru (Chachapoyas - White, blonde haired people)

Any possibility of them being related to the Berbers?

29 posted on 05/03/2007 12:54:52 PM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: needlenose_neely
"Any possibility of them being related to the Berbers?"

I don't know. A lot of the Berber DNA came out of the Franco-Iberian refuge at the end of the last Ice Age.

30 posted on 05/03/2007 1:45:51 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Could be, the Berbers had a high civilization in N. Africa prior to the Roman Empire and were oceanfaring sorts. It wouldn't have been a problem for them to have gone to S. America from N. Africa.

Just a thought.

31 posted on 05/03/2007 2:42:24 PM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: needlenose_neely
"It wouldn't have been a problem for them to have gone to S. America from N. Africa."

I agree.

I think the same of the Jomon/Ainu of Japan.

32 posted on 05/03/2007 3:42:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
I think the same of the Jomon/Ainu of Japan.

Yes, but are they fairhaired? Seems like I recall they are closer to the Ural/ middle steppes peoples with darker hair, etc.

Berbers were/are blonde/red/light haired, etc.

Just a thought.

33 posted on 05/03/2007 3:47:09 PM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: needlenose_neely
Who Were The Si-Te-Cah

"Lovelock, Nevada, is about eighty miles northeast of Reno. It was in a cave near here, in 1911, that guano miners found mummies, bones, and artifacts buried under four feet of bat excrement. The desiccated bodies belonged to a very tall people - with red hair. "

34 posted on 05/03/2007 4:06:36 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
The Berbers seem to have some genetic link to the Vikings too.

If you ask the Mormons, they will tell you those people were "Nephites" and "Lamanites", who Mormons say were Hebrews, as well as the American Indians were Hebrews.

35 posted on 05/03/2007 4:16:58 PM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: Smokin' Joe
And the difference between the looting Spaniards or the depleting, unscrupulous raiders of Tiwanaku treasures and the archeologists is?

The Spainiards did not have pHDs.

They also didn't write the article:

Spanish version - In claiming the heathen's treasure for Spain our brave Conquistadores have preserved this devil's bounty to the Glory of God and from future exploitation by either looting pagan PhD archeologists or the depleting, unscrupulous devil's spawn raiders of Tiwanaku.

Depleting, unscrupulous raiders of Tiwanaku version - We dig, we find, we take goodies, save shiney and interesting stuff for use by great peoples of proud, righteous liberators of Tiwanaku and not keep thingies hidden so that evil demon Spaniard or creepy leftist girly man archeologists no find same in future.

36 posted on 05/03/2007 4:36:59 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: needlenose_neely
"The Berbers seem to have some genetic link to the Vikings too."

I think there is probably a clue in here:

Guanches-Canary Islands-DNA Project

"Indeed, the Guanches are deemed to be related to the Berbers of neighboring Morocco, who are, likewise, tall, blond and blue-eyed when unmixed with the Arab majority. Other specialists, however, believe that the Guanches are related to the Celts of Western Europe, the early realm of these races. No matter what, the Guanches represent a unique opportunity of studying the early peoples of this region."

My y-chromosome DNA is R1b.

37 posted on 05/03/2007 6:34:32 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Pre-Inca Ruins Emerging From Peru's Cloud Forests (Chapapoyas)

The Chachapoya, distinguished by fair skin and great height, lived primarily on ridges and mountaintops in circular stone houses.

38 posted on 05/03/2007 9:08:39 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Thanks blam!


39 posted on 05/04/2007 8:50:29 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: blam

Excellent points.


40 posted on 05/05/2007 9:35:46 AM PDT by needlenose_neely
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To: needlenose_neely

“If you ask the Mormons, they will tell you those people were “Nephites” and “Lamanites”, who Mormons say were Hebrews, as well as the American Indians were Hebrews.”

Why on earth would you ask them?

You might as well ask Scientologists.


41 posted on 05/12/2007 4:44:42 PM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (Capitalism is the economic expression of individual liberty. Pass it on.)
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To: Fred Nerks

Did you see this post?


42 posted on 12/18/2007 8:26:00 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

could be a lost tribe of romneyites.


43 posted on 12/18/2007 8:28:15 PM PST by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: blam

thanks, saving it to read.


44 posted on 12/18/2007 8:51:18 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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