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“Unexpected” male found amid Moche priestesses’ tombs in Peru

In an “unexpected” discovery, the remains of a male has been found buried amoung the powerful priestesses of the pre-Inca Moche society in Peru.

The tomb contained a wooden coffin decorated with a copper lattice and a gilded mask, sitting on a raised platform. Inside the coffin “is where we find the main object of the burial, and that fellow is a male,” Castillo said.

“After 18 years of excavation in San José de Moro, we were expecting another female,” he added. “But this tends to happen [in archaeology]—expect the unexpected.”

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