A team of experts has discovered a mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old on the central coast of Peru.
The mummified remains belonged to a man from a culture that developed between the coast and the mountains of the South American country. The mummy, whose gender has not been identified, was discovered in the Lima area, archaeologist Peter Van Dalen Luna said Friday.
“The main feature of the mummy is that the entire body was tied with ropes and the hands covered the face, which was part of the local burial ritual,” said Van Dalen Luna of San Marcos State University.
The remains belong to a man who lived in the high Andes region, he said. “Radiocarbon dating will give a more accurate chronology.”
The mummy was found inside an underground structure discovered on the outskirts of the city of Lima. The tomb also contained offerings, including pottery, plant remains and stone tools, he said.
Peru, home to the Machu Picchu tourist center, is home to hundreds of archaeological sites from cultures that developed before and after the Inca Empire, which dominated southern South America 500 years ago, from southern Ecuador and Colombia to central Chile.