A 3,000-year-old mummy has been found near the training ground of a team in Lima, Peru, Reuters reported. Archaeologists believe that the remains belong to the person who was sacrificed.
Scientists from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima announced their discovery on June 15. In a Spanish-language article, the Los Angeles Times reports that the mummy was found during excavations near the training ground of one of the capital’s soccer clubs Peru. It was first noticed by students helping scientists. First, the skull and hair appeared before their eyes, then the rest of the skeleton was dug up.
Peru. A mummy from the Manchay culture
Researchers believe the mummy dates back to the Manchay culture, which flourished in what is now Lima between 1500 and 1000 BC. Reuters explains that U-shaped temples facing east were characteristic of this culture. Archaeologist Miguel Aguilar, who participated in the excavations, said the mummy was in a grave found inside the remains of the temple.
Aguilar added that the mummy was wrapped in a cloth made of cotton and vegetable fibers. The archaeologist explained that the person whose remains were found next to a soccer field in Lima was probably sacrificed in the final phase of the construction of the temple. “The mummy is about three thousand years old,” Aguilar said.
Reuters reports that the mummy was found with m.in. corn, leaves and seeds of the coca plant. Archaeologists believe that they were part of the sacrifice made in the temple.
Reuters, Los Angeles Times
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