North of Lima, in the Cajamarca region of Peru, Japanese and local researchers have found what they believe to be the final resting place of two high priests in a 2,700-year-old tomb.


The surprisingly intact tomb is now being called the “Tomb of the Serpent-Jaguar Priests” on account of a ceramic vessel found at the site featuring a serpent with a jaguar’s head. The item was found next to one of the bodies. – George Dvorsky, 18 September 2015, i09.

This is the latest discovery to come from the mapped Pacopampa archaeological site.


Another intriguing feature of the skeletons is the supposed elongated craniums. This feature of the skulls, combined with the grave goods present and their location at the site, provides a context that suggests to the researchers that the two bodies were elite members of the society. This is surprising for the team, who previously believed that there were no high-status persons in the Pacopampa culture. – Alicia Mcdermott, 16 September 2015, Ancient Origins.

This further highlights the significance of the find as it lends credence to that theory that the Pacopampa culture had a social if not religious hierarchy.