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.

Source: Pacopampa.com.

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.