If you haven’t read one of my blogs prior to this, I thank you for reading this one. It has been a great semester full of learning about fascinating archaeological sites! I get all of my articles from the National Geographic Society website because I am obsessed with their magazine, of which I am a subscriber. I generally go to the archaeology tab and see what is new and exciting and pick one of them to write about. This week I came across an article about ancient South American life, which is something that we have been very focused on lately with the Maya, Inca, and so on. The article is titled “Ancient Tomb Built to Flood – Sheds Light on Peru Water Cult?” Peruvian archaeologists were excavating a site of a pre-Incan priestess, but what caught their attention was what was below it. Below this tomb was another tomb that is nearly 800 years old. The presence of this tomb shows the importance this culture placed on water and their worship of it. These people are called the Sicán, a people that are referenced in our book for this course. This specific burial is of their elite and they chose to bury him in the water table because it was in alignment with their beliefs. They believed that upon death, the body became a seed that would sprout into new life. Knowing this, it is obvious that they would want to bury their leaders deep in the water table, that way they could be reborn and rule again! Typically elite tombs are found in isolation, but then why is this specific site a stacked tomb? It is because they shared lineage, religious importance, or political succession of ruling these people. The water table has changed a lot over the last 800 years, but what we do know is that they were a very wealthy people that worshiped and had great control over water. Although they had great irrigation systems, they were still vulnerable to droughts and floods, which inevitably caused their demise. To wrap it up, it is very interesting that they worshiped water, but it is extremely understandable, especially in ancient times. We are all at the mercy of Mother Nature and are constantly reminded of it. Again, if you are reading this, thank you. I have enjoyed reading your posts as well. Have a great summer and good luck on your finals! And when you are preparing your will… think about having a water burial!