Skip to comments.2004: Top (Archaeological) Finds On Bolivian Highlands
Posted on 11/07/2004 5:39:09 PM PST by blam
2004: Top finds on Bolivian highlands
Finnish scientists discovered the most significant relics of antiquity in recent Bolivian history.
In the excavations on Pariti Island in Lake Titicaca, in the highlands of Bolivia, the historical-archaeological research team of the University of Helsinki discovered a ritual offering site with well-preserved pieces of ceramics. The find adds substantially to what is known about the Tiwanaku culture, which flourished before the Incas and for which the island was probably an important religious site.
The dig contained approximately 300 kilograms of deliberately broken ritual ceramics, which, according to radiocarbon dating, have been buried sometime between 9001050 AD, says Antti Korpisaari, an archaeologist from Renvall Institute. Some twenty vessels have been preserved intact. The objects can be compared to the best china of a royal household or sacramental communion vessels.
Many types and ornamental elements of vessels discovered on Pariti were completely new to scientists. People are depicted very realistically on the objects, providing a rare insight into the life of the Tiwanaku elite.
By comparing small details, such as clothing, headgear, jewellery and even facial characteristics, to other finds from the highland area, we can actually start drawing conclusions about the ethnic identities of the people who lived there at the time. The discovery also provides new information on the relationship between the Inca and Tiwanaku cultures, Korpisaari says.
The historical-archaeological project Formations and Transformations of Ethnic Identities in the South Central Andes, AD 7001825 also included an extensive general survey of the Bolivian highlands during the fieldwork season of 2004. This, for example, led to the discovery of the location of ancient Paria, the lost Southern centre of the Inca state.
Read more about the research activities of the project on its website.
Text: Sanna Schildt Photo: Antti Korpisaari www.helsinki.fi/verkkotoimitus
Translation: Valtasana Oy
Wanna guess the ethnicity of the guy in the above photo?
Can grass be grown on his head?
And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart....
The below statue was found in Olmec ruins in Mexico. Care to guess on this one?
what was Burl Ives? cause this looks him... perhaps he was a time traveler?
Looks Oriental or Ainu.
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I've posted this in the past on another thread and one FReeper said, "put a skull cap on him and he could pass as my Rabbi".
I ain't never had me a ritual offering before!
A Jew you mean.
I assume that was what was meant by 'Rabbi.'
Rabbi is a Jewish preacher at a synagogue. What did he really mean?
Thanks for the ping.
Wholeheartedly agree. Heyerdahl's excavations on Easter Island, back in the 1950s, uncovered at least one statue of a different style, along with a sort of stone platform. The whole works reminded him of Tiahuanaco.
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