An ancient Peruvian mummy in excellent condition with its hands concealing its face was discovered in an extensive pre-Inca territory south of the city of Lima by archaeologists working for the government.
Peru has long been a treasure trove for archaeologists, but this new discovering is rather intriguing. The mummy is found in a sitting position with her hands “covering her face,” which distinguishes her from others discovered in the capital, according to Peruvian archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen, who is one of those responsible for the research project at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday.
The mummy, which was wrapped in ropes, was discovered in an underground building that could only be reached by a seven-step stairway. “In this spot and in this region, it is the first time that we have discovered anything like this, and it seems to be more of a southern custom than the funeral practices that are common in the area,” Van Dalen said.
According to current estimates, the mummy dates between 800 and 1,200 years after Christ and might be from either the pre-Inca Wari civilization or the Chaclla culture, depending on whom you ask.
The Cajamarquilla region where the mummy was found was a commercial hub where individuals from a variety of ethnic origins resided prior to the arrival of the Incas. Moreover, during the era before the entrance of the Inca Empire, it was situated on a road that connected sections of the Andes with population centers on the Pacific coast.
Peru is a nation with many archaeological finds dating back to the Inca era and earlier eras of history. In the sixteenth century when the Spanish conquered the Inca Empire. Their territory had previously grown to cover portions of Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia as well as parts of the territories of the other countries in the region.