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The condition of the bones indicates that all of them had been malnourished.
Each of the skulls showed signs of possible scrape marks around the jaws, perhaps to skin them, and holes drilled into the skulls may have been used to string them on rope, the researchers explained.
Nihildas said the site provides the first evidence for occupation of the region in the early Iron Age.
The excavators found traces of a 2,500-year-old bead workshop, including 400 finished and unfinished beads made of semi-precious stones such as carnelian, quartz, chalcedony, chert, agate, and lapis lazuli; iron equipment; pottery; hearths; storage areas; carbonized fruit; and the bones of cows, buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, deer, hare, porcupines, mongoose, cranes, ducks, and turtles.
“We need to conduct studies to identify the type of birds from which such feathers were taken and the manufacturing technique,” said archaeologist Gabriel Prieto of the National University of Trujillo, who believes a black resin was used to fasten the headdress' ropes and threads.
A similar burial containing a feathered garment featuring mostly blue feathers was uncovered in another area of the site last year, he added.
The evidence, Davis suggested, indicates that people were living in western Idaho some 1,000 years before melting ice created a corridor through what is now the western United States.In 2003, the fragments of four skulls were discovered in a garbage dump at the site, which is located in the Atacama Desert.Three of the skulls are thought to have belonged to young women, and one to a child.reports that excavations in Pampa La Cruz have unearthed the burial of a Chimú individual whose body was placed in a squatting position and covered with a tabard, a garment similar to a poncho, made of red and yellow feathers.A headdress made of blue, white, green, black, and yellow feathers was also found in the grave.