"In many ancient societies, metallurgy arose in response to the need for tools, weapons and monetary currency. Among the Paracas (1st millennium, BCE) of south coastal Peru, gold held specific value for its relationship with the body. While diadems, earrings and whisker ornaments were worn by a few, gold sheet metal or ‘laminas’ accompanied the interments of many people. Miniature replicas of the human body or its parts were also produced. These objects and their attendant meanings form the basis for discussion about the Paracas body and the value and aesthetics of gold."