The Ychsma people ruled a large area of Peru, until the Inca conquered it just 63 years before the Spanish Conquistadors came and pillaged Peru in 1470.
Now four Ychsma culture mummies — three women and one man— were unearthed by a team of archaeologists at Huaca Pucllana, an ancient ceremonial complex in Lima, Peru.
What does this mean? This discovery reaffirms the presence of Ychsma groups and culture on the central coast of Peru from 1000 – 1450 AD.
The mummies were found in a sitting posture facing southeast. They were wrapped in textiles, basketworks, and ropes. They were even covered with offerings such as matte pottery vases, balls of thread, and textiles.
Far Horizons takes you on an exciting adventure to Peru. While the fabled cities of the Inka are ingrained in our consciousness with images of towering stonewalls and glittering golden armor, there were the last in a long line of rich and fascinating cultures.
We will visit the site of this new discovery as well as many other exciting discoveries from the north coast to the highlands of Peru.
Descendants of these ancient cultures still live in much the same way as their ancestors. Their colorful weavings echo the fabrics of earlier times, and their faces mirror those of their predecessors. We will visit their charming towns and colorful markets, and hear the Quechua language still spoken here, along with the strains of traditional flute music.
Join Far Horizons and tour leader William Sapp June 17 – July 2, 2016. A Nazca Lines extension is available July 1 – 4.