Archaeologists unearth mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old in Peru

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A team of experts has found a mummy at least 800 years old on Peru’s central coast, said one of the archaeologists participating in the excavation.

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The mummified remains belonged to a person from the culture that developed between the coast and mountains of the South American country. Archaeologist Peter Van Delen Luna said Friday that the mummy, whose gender was not identified, was discovered in the Lima region.

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“The main feature of the mummy is that the whole body was tied with ropes and the face was covered with hands, which would be part of the local funeral pattern,” said Van Delen Luna from the State University of San Marcos.

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He said the remains belonged to a man who lived in the high Andean region of the country. “Radiocarbon dating will give a more accurate chronology.”

The mummy was found inside an underground structure found on the outskirts of the city of Lima. He said that offerings including ceramics, vegetable relics and stone tools were also kept in the tomb.

Peru – home of the tourist destination Machu Picchu – is home to hundreds of archaeological sites from the cultures that developed before and after the Inca Empire, which dominated the southern half of South America 500 years ago, from southern Ecuador and Colombia to central Chile.

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