Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed a well-preserved mummy that may be at least 800 years old.
It was inside an underground tomb found on the outskirts of the capital Lima, which was surrounded by offerings including pottery, ceramics, vegetable relics and stone tools.
The pre-Incan mummy was in fetal position and tied with ropes, which may have been a local burial rite.
“This is the mummy of a resident of the High Andean region, it was buried between about 800 or 1200 AD. Radiocarbon dating will give us a more accurate chronology,” said archaeologist Peter Van Dalen Luna on Friday.
“It is clearly related to the Chacala culture, a culture that developed in the mountains of Lima, in the province of Huariochiri in the late Intermediate period.”
Peru is home to hundreds of archaeological sites from cultures that flourished before and after the Inca Empire dominated the southern part of South America over 500 years ago.