When archaeologists first started excavating a Cao Viejo pyramid, they were certainly not expecting to make a find that would rival the discovery of King Tutankhamun of Egypt. After investigating and uncovering a tomb, they surfaced with 220 pounds of a funeral bundle to unwrap, layer by layer! Under protection in an excavation laboratory, they caught their first glimpse… the mummy of la Dama de Cao. From the lens of the camera that recorded the find to the interviews and re-enactments, Nat Geo Mundo takes you to the pyramid where la Dama de Cao was found complete with its five tombs, murals, drawings of fish, life, water, lunar animals and many other Moche symbols.
This ruler, referred to by many names: la Dama de Cao, la Señora de Cao and la Momia Tatuada, died at the tender age of 25 and is the first female leader historically known from the ancient Peruvian civilization. With the discovery in Cao Viejo, Peru revolutionized how the international archeological community viewed pre-Columbian societies – with women playing essential roles in politics, culture and religion. Short of the fear of their gods and El Niño climate pattern for which the Moche offered human sacrifices, this civilization appeared destined for perpetuity. Learn the precise details behind this discovery alongside experts and Nat Geo Mundo cameras when the show premiers on Thursday, September 27 at 8 PM ET/PT.
About Nat Geo Mundo
Launched in 2011, Nat Geo Mundo is a non-fiction entertainment channel featuring original high quality programming linked to nature, science, culture and history. As a joint project of Fox Networks Group and National Geographic Ventures, the mission of Nat Geo Mundo is to encourage U.S. Latino families by expanding their horizons through programs about the world around them. Nat Geo Mundo is a contemporary extension of the National Geographic Society, an organization that has motivated people to become aware of the planet since 1888.
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