Peru: Archaeologists unearth 800 years old mummy; gender not yet recognised

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New Delhi Published: Nov 28, 2021, 10:05 AM(IST)

A team of archaeologists unearthed a mummy which is estimated to be at least 800 years old Photograph:( Twitter )

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Images and videos of the mummy have gone viral on social media

In a recent discovery, a team of archaeologists unearthed a mummy which is estimated to be at least 800 years old. The discovery was made on Peru's central coast. 

"The main characteristic of the mummy is that the whole body was tied up 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 of San Marcos.

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Luna further revealed that the remains are of a person who lived in the high Andean region. "Radiocarbon dating will give a more precise chronology," he said.

Images and videos of the mummy have gone viral on social media. 

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It is being said that the remains were of a person from the culture that developed between the coast and mountains of the South American country. It was found inside an underground structure found on the outskirts of the city of Lima. The gender of the mummy has not yet been recognised. However, the tomb also offered things like ceramics, vegetable remains and stone tools.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, archaeologists unearthed 29 human bodies entombed around 1,000 years ago at a site in the Lambayeque region of northwestern Peru. The site is at Huaca Santa Rosa de Pucalá. 
Four skeletons, which are of two children, a teenager and one adult, date back to the Wari civilisation. 

Edgar Bracamonte Lévano, excavation's director and research archaeologist, Royal Tombs of Sipán museum, told Live Science through email, “These skeletons represent the region's first known examples of human offerings from the Wari civilisation.” 

(With inputs from agencies)

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