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Archaeologists unearth ancient tribe in Peru

August 28, 2008
clipped from www.mailonsunday.co.uk

Mummy

Piercing blue eyes undimmed by the passing of 1,300 years, this is the Lady of the Mask – a mummy whose discovery could reveal the secrets of a lost culture.

She was found by archaeologists excavating a pyramid in Peru’s capital city Lima,
alongside two other adult mummies and the sacrificial remains of a child.

It is the first time a tomb from the region’s Wari culture has been discovered intact and gives historians the chance to pin down exactly how the pre-Incas buried their dead.

Mummy

Mummy

Mummy

Mummy

The mummy – assumed to be a noblewoman because of the ornate mask – was found in a crouching position surrounded by ceramics and textiles associated with female weavers.

Earlier in the week, workers at the Huaca Pucllana site removed two adult mummies found lying near the lady of the mask.

Archaeologists have been excavating the area for three years and while they found plenty of artefacts, the 30 other tombs uncovered had been looted.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ben permalink
    September 26, 2008 2:50 am

    Hmm reminds me of some book of mormon people. Now I understand this may be in different area but there is so much undiscovered that no one should say there is no proof of the book of mormon, just not yet

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