The Ahsoka Tano, a former Jedi apprentice turned warrior in the sci-fi series Star Wars looks like a female who lived 500 years ago says Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
In a citrus field in the town of Hidalgo Amajac, in the Mexican state of Veracruz local farmers found a limestone statue. It was 6.5-foot-tall. The statue depicts a young woman dressed in elaborate clothes and jewellery, including a circular pendant, known as an “oyohualli,” on a thick necklace; tassel-like earrings; and a headdress that rivals the head ornamentation of “Star Wars”. The statue’s bottom has a “spike,” which allowed the female figure to be placed in the ground upright.
The statue likely depicts an elite woman, “possibly a ruler, because of her posture and attire, rather than a deity,” María Eugenia Maldonado Vite, an archaeologist at the INAH Veracruz Center who is leading the excavation, said in a statement.
The statue likely dates to the late Postclassic period (1450-1521) and has features reminiscent of the Huastec culture, a group of people on the Mexican Gulf Coast that lived in a pre-Columbian crossroads for cultures, arts and trade. The discovery of what was likely an important female ruler confirms the active participation of ruling women in the Huastec social and political structure.
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