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Priestess Tomb Confirms That Women Ruled In Ancient Peru

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A society in some respects more advanced than our own? Phys.org reports:

The discovery in Peru of another tomb belonging to a pre-Hispanic priestess, the eighth in more than two decades, confirms that powerful women ruled this region 1,200 years ago, archeologists said.

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,” said project director Luis Jaime Castillo. “It is the eighth priestess to be discovered,” he added. “Our excavations have only turned up tombs with women, never men.”

The priestess was in an “impressive 1,200-year-old burial chamber” the archeologist said.

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Arizona’s First Governor Is Buried Inside A Pyramid

AZFamily on an odd slice of Egypt in the American Southwest:

If you’ve ever visited the Phoenix Zoo, hiked in Phoenix’s Papago Park, or flown into Sky Harbor International Airport, you’ve probably noticed the small white pyramid sitting atop a desert mountain in the middle of Phoenix’s Papago Park.

It’s the tomb of Arizona’s first governor, George W.P. Hunt. Hunt became Arizona’s governor in 1912. He was elected for seven terms, which ended in 1933.

After a visit to Egypt, he and his wife became fascinated with its pyramids. This fascination led him to ask Congress for permission to build a pyramid tomb in Phoenix. Hunt was also laid to rest in the tomb in 1934. Today, five other family members also lay at rest in the tomb.

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