This individual is thought to have been abandoned or offered as a sacrifice during the construction of the temple.
Thursday 15 June 2023 at 12:21, UK
A mummy that is about 3,000 years old has been discovered in Lima, Peruvian archaeologists say.
Originally, researchers and students at the University of San Marcos discovered the remains of the mummy’s hair and skull.
As excavation continued, they discovered the rest of the ancient statue.
According to archaeologist Miguel Aguilar, the individual was “abandoned or consecrated (as a sacrifice) during the final stages of (a) temple construction”.
“It’s about 3,000 years old.”
Items buried with the body, including corn, coca leaves and seeds, were considered part of the offering.
Mr Aguilar said the mummy likely came from the Manchay culture, which developed in Lima’s valley between 1500 and 1000 BC.
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It is related to the construction of U-shaped temples pointing towards the sunrise.
A mummy is a corpse that has not decomposed after being treated with substances and wrapped in cloth.