Discovering a mummy is always a moment to behold, but the one unearthed by archeologists working on a site in the outskirts of the Peruvian capital Lima came with a surprise – it was bound by rope suggesting perhaps a grisly end.
The remains are thought to be of a man aged 18-22 at the time of his death, with his hands covering his face.
The mummy was found in a burial chamber that is about 10ft long and at a depth of about 4.5ft at the dig site in Cajamarquilla, about 15 miles east of Lima.
Archeologist Pieter Van Dalen Luna, who is in charge of the Cajamarquilla project, called the find “peculiar and unique”.
“The mummy would have been buried sometime between 800 and 1200 AD,” he said – meaning it would be at least 800 years old.
On one side of the mummy, experts found the skeleton of an Andean guinea pig and what appears to be a dog, according to the researchers at the University of San Marcos.
Traces of corn and other vegetables were found in the burial chamber.Internet Explorer Channel Network