Interments under fragments of earthenware.

Ancon, Necropolis, grave, fragments, earthenware, vessel, Peru, Inca,
PLATE 9. Interments under fragments of earthenware.

II. The Several Graves.

INTERMENTS UNDER FRAGMENTS OF EARTHENWARE.

PLATE 9.

Here we have a characteristic instance of the burials under fragments of thick-ribbed clay vessels referred to on the previous plate. At the bottom of the shallow grave was found the poorly equipped body, wrapped in simple cerements and covered by the mouth-piece of a large clay vessel.

The entombment had, as usual, taken place close to the side of the grave, so that the mummy pack was completely concealed beneath the potsherd lying on top. This disposition was apparently intended to protect the mummy, whose brown wrapping was visible in the month of the vessel, from the weight of the sand thrown in to fill up the grave.

Source: The necropolis of Ancon in Peru: a contribution to our knowledge of the culture and industries of the empire of the Incas being the results of excavations made on the spot by Wilhelm Reiss (1838-1908); Alphons Stübel (1835-1904), joint author; Wilhelm Greve, lithographer; Augustus Henry Keane (1833-1912), translator; Ludwig Wittmack (1839-1929); Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902); Alfred Nehring (1845-1904). Berlin: A. Asher & Co.; New York : Sole agent for America, Dodd, Mead & Company, 755 Broadway, 1880.

Continuing

II. The Several Graves.

Plate. 5. The deep grave of the false-headed Mummies.
Plate. 6. Exposed graves with Mummies of simple type.
Plate. 7. Solitary grave of a simple equipped Mummies.
Plate. 8. Interments under earthenware vessels.
Plate. 9. Interments under fragments of earthenware.
Plate. 10. Sections of the graves.