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Ancient Peruvian Priestess 3D Printed Back to Life…Kind Of

CNET reports on a fascinating fusion between the worlds of archeology and 3D printing.

The “Lady of Cao,” a Peruvian priestess of the Moche people, died 1,700 years ago, most likely due to complications from pregnancy.  “A team of Peruvian archaeologists discovered the ruler’s heavily tattooed, mummified remains in 2005 at an ancient ceremonial burial site called “El Brujo.” It took a multidisciplinary team of scientists 10 months to reconstruct her mien using state-of-the-art 3D laser-scanning technology, forensic facial reconstruction and ethnographic insights gleaned from photos of women in the El Brujo area.”  Her 3D printed likeness was unveiled in July 2017.

“The archaeological complex calls the discovery of Lady of Cao ‘the great discovery that changed the perception of the female role in ancient Peru.’  Her mummy revealed evidence that women held power among the Moche people.”

“Gold jewelry, weapons, and other valuable artifacts accompanied her body, as did the remains of a teen girl who appeared to have been sacrificed to help shepherd Lady of Cao to the afterlife. The complex burial suggests her position as a ruler. It’s believed the Lady of Cao died in her twenties…archaeologists say her mummy is one of the best-preserved relics of a civilization that ended more than 1,300 years ago.”

“The effort to reconstruct her face is part of an effort to preserve and document Peruvian history. The El Brujo Archaeological Complex collaborated with the Wiese Foundation and 3D-technology company FARO Technologies on bringing the famous face back to detailed life.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of CNET

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