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NUCLEAR ANALYSIS REVEALS SECRETS OF INCA BURIAL SITE
Oregon State ^ | 03-22-05 | Jana Zvibleman

Posted on 03/31/2005 11:22:06 AM PST by nickcarraway

CORVALLIS - Researchers have applied a unique nuclear analytic technique to pottery found at an ancient burial site high in the Andes mountains, and believe that the girl buried at this site was transported more than 600 miles in a ceremonial pilgrimage - revealing some customs and rituals of the ancient Inca empire.

The findings are being published by scientists from Oregon State University in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

On the highest peaks of the Andes, sacrificial burial sites have been discovered since the early 1900s. In one of them was the fully intact, frozen body of a girl who was sacrificed at age 15, called "The Ice Maiden," and buried more than five centuries ago along with various vessels - in what appeared to be one of the ritualistic ceremonies of that era.

"We examined the pottery, but not by comparing styles of vessels," said Leah Minc, coordinator of this research at the OSU Radiation Center. "We are using the sensitive, high precision technology of instrumental neutron activation analysis to learn about raw materials in artifacts.

"This provides a different part of the story than that obtained from DNA sampling of human remains," she added.

According to Minc, whose doctorate is in archaeology, the geochemical signature from the raw materials indicated the vessels were manufactured far away from the burial site, in the Inca capital.

The study offers insights into the origins of the children who were sacrificed in a key state ceremony called capacocha. This provides information about how imperial Inca statecraft linked the empire by sending representatives to remote mountaintops to perform religious rituals.

From samples of the pottery, this analytical technique created a series of radioisotopes and monitored their decay. It characterized trace elements, which scientists could then scientifically compare to those in ancient artifacts from other regions, as well as to pottery from contemporary sites in central Peru and northern Chile.

Neutron activation analysis is one of the advanced capabilities of the OSU Radiation Center's research reactor. Minc has helped OSU apply this technology to archaeological studies. "Archaeometry" can help unlock mysteries including the diet of prehistoric populations, from bone chemistry, and the authentic or fake status of an "ancient" artifact, researchers say.

The technology has regularly been used for research in engineering, medicine, nutrition, forestry, and geology.

OSU's Radiation Center is a leading facility in the use of ionizing radiation and radioactive materials. It serves institutions around the world, on everything from feasibility studies of experiments to safety evaluations, emergency response, and radioactive waste disposal.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: archaeology; dating; dna; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; inca; peru

1 posted on 03/31/2005 11:22:07 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SunkenCiv

Inca Pinga.


2 posted on 03/31/2005 11:22:40 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; blam; SunkenCiv

ping


3 posted on 03/31/2005 11:22:50 AM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder how this distance calculation is affected by the changes to the speed of light and the rate of isotope decay that many FReepers believe in.


4 posted on 03/31/2005 11:24:44 AM PST by js1138 (There are 10 kinds of people: those who read binary, and those who don't.)
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To: martin_fierro
Inca Pinga.


5 posted on 03/31/2005 11:25:24 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: js1138

Isn't this the young mummy that Bill Clinton was lusting after?


6 posted on 03/31/2005 11:27:36 AM PST by Infantry Grunt 1968-69
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Good get. And now a few bars of "Me and My Shadow." And a tip of the hat to Mrs. Calabash, wherever she is.

John / Billybob
7 posted on 03/31/2005 11:29:21 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Proud to be a FORMER member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court since July, 2004.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Good get. And now a few bars of "Me and My Shadow." And a tip of the hat to Mrs. Calabash, wherever she is.

Thanks! And do I get some credit for making the association despite the fact I'm under 30 years old? LOL

8 posted on 03/31/2005 11:31:01 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: nickcarraway
...a[n Inca] girl who was sacrificed at age 15...

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

After all, who are we to judge other cultures. They are just as valid as we are, aren't they?

Note to knee-jerkers: this is sarcasm.

9 posted on 03/31/2005 11:39:01 AM PST by poindexters brother
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To: martin_fierro
Inca Pinga.

LOL, in some parts of latin america, that would be funny!

10 posted on 03/31/2005 11:39:09 AM PST by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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To: nickcarraway

"Researchers have applied a unique nuclear analytic technique to pottery found at an ancient burial site high in the Andes mountains, and believe that the girl buried at this site was transported more than 600 miles in a ceremonial pilgrimage - revealing some customs and rituals of the ancient Inca empire."

So let me get this straight: in years to come if they find someone buried with objects that say "Made in China", they will believe that that person was transported from China?

Did I miss something?


11 posted on 03/31/2005 12:02:17 PM PST by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Inca Pinga.

Hahahahahahahaha!

You made my day. Just told my ex this and he guffawed as loudly as I did.
VERY good and thank you!

12 posted on 03/31/2005 12:13:45 PM PST by starfish923
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To: Adder

Apparently the good scientists believe that trade was developed in the great satan after 1776. Boggles the mind does it not?


13 posted on 03/31/2005 12:19:44 PM PST by Jaded (My sheeple, my sheeple....)
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To: nickcarraway

14 posted on 03/31/2005 12:28:34 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Jaded

Whoa. It sure does.
[Why does this feel like a scene from Bill and Ted's Great Adventure? I'll bet So-crates could explain it.]


15 posted on 03/31/2005 12:31:51 PM PST by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Given your age, I am amazed that you were familiar with the details of Kimmy Durante's career. Are you reincarnated?

Billybob
16 posted on 03/31/2005 12:40:45 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Proud to be a FORMER member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court since July, 2004.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Are you reincarnated?

Nah. Just have crammed my brain full of useless knowledge all my life. LOL

17 posted on 03/31/2005 12:43:58 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: js1138
"I wonder how this distance calculation is affected by the changes to the speed of light and the rate of isotope decay that many FReepers believe in."

Not at all, because the radioactive isotopes created are all short-lived ones created by bombardment of the sample with neutrons. "Creation science" theories of relativity not germane to the situation.

18 posted on 03/31/2005 12:44:37 PM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: Rudder

She looks like a potato chip. Auction her off on eBay


19 posted on 03/31/2005 12:46:54 PM PST by johnnycap
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To: msdrby

ping


20 posted on 03/31/2005 12:48:20 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Have you angered a muslim today?)
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To: johnnycap
She looks like a potato chip.

Don't invite me to your place for cocktail hour.

21 posted on 03/31/2005 4:12:29 PM PST by Rudder
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To: martin_fierro; blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SunkenCiv; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks Martin. Yma Sumac goomba boomba ping.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
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22 posted on 03/31/2005 10:37:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (last updated my FreeRepublic profile on Friday, March 25, 2005.)
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To: shroudie; Swordmaker
Neutron activation analysis is one of the advanced capabilities of the OSU Radiation Center's research reactor. Minc has helped OSU apply this technology to archaeological studies. "Archaeometry" can help unlock mysteries including the diet of prehistoric populations, from bone chemistry, and the authentic or fake status of an "ancient" artifact, researchers say.

Do you know if this technology has been applied to The Shroud?

23 posted on 04/01/2005 12:51:55 AM PST by Bellflower (A new day is Coming!)
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To: Rudder

She still has what looks like a hopeless look on her face. Poor thing.


24 posted on 04/01/2005 12:54:35 AM PST by Bellflower (A new day is Coming!)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

I think you mean inca dinka dink and dinka doo. :-)


25 posted on 04/01/2005 11:07:40 AM PST by wildbill
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Just updating the GGG information, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
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26 posted on 01/03/2006 8:46:00 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/pledge)
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