In Cajamarca, Peru in November of 1532, Francisco Pizarro and his force of 164 Spanish soldiers managed to capture Atahualpa, the last ruler of the Tawantinsuyu. Pizarro’s local allies were counted in the thousands. Among them was a group of warriors who stood out for their fierce and bellicose battle strategies: the Chachapoya. Before they were subjugated by the Inca and then the Spanish, these ancient warriors had a thriving culture. They hid their mummified ancestors in painted coffins and mausoleums in the steepest cliffs among the forest. They wove precious textiles, built spectacular rock citadels and carved stones with elaborate designs. Only in the last 50 years, has a small group of archaeologists and professional explorers begun to reveal the stunning treasures of the Chachapoya. Daniel Fernandez-Davila, Peruvian archaeologist, brings alive these warriors of the northern cloud forest of Peru in an Archaeology Month program on Wednesday, April 3rd at Strawbery Banke at 5:30 pm in the museum’s TYCO Visitors Center lecture hall. Light refreshments.
Strawbery Banke TYCO Visitors Center
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801, United States
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