Saturday, August 23, 2008

Scattered Remains of an Ancient Child

Precolumbian child burial with deformed crania. Hair is still attached to the skull and fragments of skin can be seen clinging to the bone. Relatively fresh quids of coca can been seen in the upper right frame of the background. These quids were left by looters who were exploiting the site the night before. Looters will chew coca to protect themselves from mal aire (bad air) or antimonio (antimonium). Photo by Nathan Craig as part of the Huaura Valley Blackberry Pearl study of 2007.
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