May 22, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Ancient golden mask from Peru was painted with human blood

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A 1,000-year-old mask discovered on the head of an ancient skeleton was painted using human blood, according to a new study.

Archaeologists with the Sicán Archaeological Project unearthed the gold mask in the early 1990s while excavating an ancient tomb in Peru. The tomb, which dates to around A.D. 1000, belonged to a middle-age elite man from the ancient Sicán culture, which inhabited the northern coast of Peru from the ninth to the 14th centuries.

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