Anthropological Work in Peru, in 1913; With Notes on the Pathology of the Ancient Peruvians, with Twenty-Six Plates

Anthropological Work in Peru, in 1913; With Notes on the Pathology of the Ancient Peruvians, with Twenty-Six Plates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... were found to represent predominantly the now well-known coast type of the Peruvian Indian, with more or less admixture of the more oblong heads, some intrusion of which occurs in so many other localities along the coast. All the principal characteristics of the skulls and bones of the people of this region are exactly like those from the Pachacamac and Chimu cemeteries in the north. The resemblances are so close, even in regard to the admixture with the more oblong-headed elements, that the three groups cannot be considered otherwise than as parts, and that contemporaneous parts, of the same people. Throughout the valley there were many evidences of warfare in the numerous wounds found on the skulls. In the majority of cases these wounds were made by rather small stones, doubtless sling shots; in others the skull was crushed by a club. As to diseases, no very advanced case of symmetric osteoporosis of the skull was discovered in these regions, nor any pronounced case of " mushroom-head " femur. The majority of the scarce pathological specimens seen consisted of arthritic changes, and rarely a variety of osteoperiostitis attacking some of the long bones, especially the the tibia. The dead, as a rule, had been buried in the contracted position and bound in a bundle. Such a bundle or pack regularly showed some thin fabric about the loins of the body, a cotton or woolen shirt, or a blanket, and occasionally a faja (sash), a telega (woven bag), or a huaraka (sling). The bundle would be tied sometimes, in a wide-meshed network, with a rope made of the wool of the llama--exactly similar to the rope used at this day by the more primitive mountaineers just to the east of this region. Such a pack would be buried in a pit three and a...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236955641
  • 9781236955647