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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Peruvian mummies were found

Two mummies whose age is estimated to be more than a thousand years is found in the pre-Inca ancient cemetery in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, in October 24, 2013. "This is one of the most important discoveries for more than three decades of excavation, especially the two mummies were found in the intact condition," said Gladys Paz, an  archaeologist at the foot of the grave of Huaca Pucllana, an ancient religious complex in the Miraflores district. Pacific Ocean and the buildings in Lima can be seen from the Huaca - a Quechua word for religious sites towering height of over 20 meters.
The Huaca Pucllana ruins in the Miraflores district, Peru. (Picture from: https://whereintheworldisgwendo.wordpress.com/)
Dozens of journalists crowded the Huaca Pucllana burial site to catch a glimpse of the two mummies whose found in there. Early signs of the ancient tomb discovery occurred five days earlier, but the process of extracting the mummy of an adult and a child takes time.
The pre-Hispanic Wari periods mummy dig site in Huaca Pucllana ancient burial site at Miraflores district, Peru. (Picture from: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/)
Paz explains about the mummy of a child that his tomb was found intact, complete with trinkets and sacrificial offerings. It is the third intact finding among more than 70 tombs have been excavated since 1981, when researchers began working at Huaca. Huaca is a pyramid-shaped temple built on an area of ​​2.5 hectares between the years 100 and 600 AD (anno Domini).

In 2010, archaeologists discovered the tomb of a woman buried with her four children. In 2008 found a mummy of 13-year-old girl. The latest two mummies was unopened where they were found. They will be brought to the laboratory within four to six months to determine the age and sex of each. In the tomb, the researchers also found seven vessels with the cat design that used to drink herb tea, 12 bags of cloth, and debris of three guinea pigs statues.

The mummy excavation project director, Isabel Flores, said that the archaeologists have dug 40 percent of Huaca Pucllana that built during the pre-Hispanic Wari periods. There are about 350 huaca in Lima region, scattered between the buildings and houses. That's all indicates the pre-Hispanic civilizations in the city of Lima. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC]
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