A mummy discovered on the outskirts of Lima, Peru’s capital, could be between 800 and 1,200 years old, according to archaeologists.
The mummy was discovered at Cajamarquilla, some 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) east of Lima, in a burial chamber measuring three meters (10 feet) long and 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) deep.
It looks to be the remains of a male who died between the ages of 18 and 22. The victim was discovered wrapped with a rope and covered in the hands.
The discovery was described as “peculiar and distinctive” by archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen, who supervised the excavation operation at National Major San Marcos University.
“The mummy was likely buried between 800 and 1200 AD,” he stated.
Carbon dating would be used by scientists to ascertain the mummy’s exact age.
Cajamarquilla, according to Van Dalen, was a city with a population of 10,000 to 20,000 people. It was constructed in 200 BC and occupied until about 1500 AD.
A skeleton of an Andean guinea pig and what experts assume to be a dog were also discovered within the tomb. The burial chamber contained traces of grain and other vegetables. The discovery was made public for the first time on Friday.
Hundreds of archaeological sites have been discovered in Peru, dating from before and after the Inca Empire ruled the western portions of South America during the 15th and 16th centuries. The Spanish took control of the empire.
Archaeologists discovered a mass grave in the Chan Chan archaeological site, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, in October, including the intact remains of about 25 people. The Chimu kingdom, which peaked in the 15th century before being overthrown by the Incas, had Chan Chan as its capital.
Archaeologists discovered the bodies of 227 children thought to have died in a child sacrifice rite near the modern-day beach resort town of Huanchaco in 2019.
The site, which was also thought to be from the Chimu era, was Peru’s greatest mass grave of slaughtered infants.