Researchers have discovered 1000 years old mummy in Peru, which is very well preserved, and even there is no need to unwrap it. It is assumed the mummy was buried between 1,000 0r 1200 CE.
Archaeologists from the Université libre de Bruxelles spent nine weeks researching the pre-Colombian site of Pachacamac in Peru, as part of the Ychsma Project, which is named after the local people.
The team of researchers investigated three enormous structures during the project. The mummy was discovered by the Ychsma people, who were native there from the 10th Century until they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th Century.
“The deceased is still wrapped in the enormous funeral bundle that served as a coffin,” said Professor Peter Eeckhout, who led the team, in a statement.
“Discoveries like this one are exceptionally scarce, and this mummy is incredibly well preserved. Samples were collected for carbon-14 dating, but the area in which it was discovered and the type of tomb suggest this individual was buried between 1000 and 1200 [CE].”
“Although thousands of mummies have been buried at the site, of which 300 [have been] excavated to date by the Ychsma Project, most of them have suffered from looting and other disturbances,” Professor Eeckhout told IFLScience, describing the finding of this mummy as “really exciting.”
Mummy in Peru was supposed to study by using medical imaging techniques such as X-ray scans and 3D reconstruction. They are going to try and find out what position the person inside is in, what offerings are inside it, and also if they suffered from any diseases. In opinion of them at that moment an adult is inside.
A number of other objects were found at the site, left by worshippers, including Spondylus shells, which symbolize fertility and abundance. These were likely brought to this region from Ecuador by water during El Niño.
The team also found the remains of dogs at the site!