The Priestesses of San Jose de Moro

Author(s): Luis Jaime Castillo

Year: 2018


Starting in 1991, more than 20 female elite burials have been excavated among the 800+ burials dug in San Jose de Moro, Jequetepeque Valley, Northern Peru. Female burials tell us stories of the rise to power of females in the Late Moche society, of their singular power, emanating from roles in Sacrificial Ceremonies, but mostly each burial is a representation of the specific life of each one of these females, where more is singular than common and shared. Rather than a repetitive pattern, each female burial allows us to imagine the construction and reconstruction of gendered power identities, the ontologies of self and power and meaning associated with these singulars in individuals.

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The Priestesses of San Jose de Moro. Luis Jaime Castillo. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444486)

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min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20546