Ancient DNA reveals kinship burial patterns of a pre-Columbi

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Ancient DNA reveals kinship burial patterns of a pre-Columbian Andean community // BMC Genetics 2012, 13:30 doi:10.1186/1471-2156-13-30, Published: 23 April 2012

Baca et al.

A detailed genetic study of the pre-Columbian population inhabiting the Tompullo 2
archaeological site (department Arequipa, Peru) was undertaken to resolve the kin
relationships between individuals buried in six different chullpas. Kin relationships were an
important factor shaping the social organization in the pre-Columbian Andean communities,
centering on the ayllu, a group of relatives that shared a common land and responsibilities.
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether this Andean model of a social organization had
an influence on mortuary practices, in particular to determine whether chullpas served as
family graves.
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