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Silent Witnesses
Photograph by Ira Block

Peering at those who came before, the children of a town called Tupac Amaru, which now sprawls across a pre-Hispanic site known as Puruchuco-Huaquerones near Peru’s central coast, bear witness to ancient Inca skeletal remains. Archaeologist Bertha Herrera cleans sandy soil from the centuries-old body, one of thousands buried here during the Late Horizon (1438-1532). “The finds at Puruchuco allow for a much more dynamic reconstruction of a prehistoric community than we can get by analyzing pots or buildings,” says anthropologist Andrew Nelson. “This large sample of well-preserved mummy bundles offers archaeologists a tremendous opportunity to reconstruct the story of the actual people from this valley.”

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS IN
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125th @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: 3 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: N/A

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