A mummified woman dating to almost 4,500 years ago has been found in Peru. Buried alongside several objects including a beaded necklace, a pot of vegetable fragments, and four carved bones with animal motifs on them, means the woman was of high social status, according to archaeologists.
“This find shows evidence of gender equality, that is, both women and men were able to play leading roles and attain high social status more than 1,000 years ago,” said Ruth Shady to Andina News Service, the director of the Caral Archaeological Zone who found the remains along with her research team.
The items also suggest that there might have been trade between Aspero, the city the woman was found in, and Caral, one of the most ancient civilizations in the Americas about 14 miles away.
Archaeologists on site haven’t determined what caused her death but believe she was around 40 to 50-years-old at the time of her burial.