Archaeologists find at least 800-year-old mummy on central coast of Peru

A team of experts found a mummy in a fetal position at least 800 years old along with vessels and botanical remains at an archaeological complex on the central coast of Peru, said one of the archaeologists who participated in the excavations.

It would be a resident of the Chaclla Culture, which developed between the coast and mountains of the South American country. The remains were discovered in the Huarochiri province of the Lima region, Pieter Van Dalen Luna said.

It is “a mummy of a resident of the high Andean region who would have been buried approximately between 800 and 1,200 years after Christ,” he said. “Those dated by radiocarbon will give an absolute chronology and closer to reality,” he added.

The mummy was inside an underground structure below the square of the archaeological center of the Huaycoloro quebraba, on the outskirts of the city of Lima. In the tomb there were offering materials such as vessels, ceramics, mattes, remains of vegetables and some stone tools, he said.

“The main characteristic of the mummy is that the whole body was tied by ropes and with the hands covering the face, which would be part of the local funeral pattern,” said Van Dalen Luna, from the state University Mayor of San Marcos.

Peru is home to hundreds of archaeological centers of cultures that developed before and after the Inca Empire, which dominated the southern part of the continent 500 years ago, covering from southern Ecuador and Colombia to central Chile.

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