Archaeologists discovered a mummy in a site located on the outskirts of Lima, the Peruvian capital, with a peculiarity. The person unearthed would have between 18 and 22 years when she died, but the surprise is that she was tied with a rope and with her hands covering her face. So scientists assume he died a cruel death.
The excavation was carried out in Cajamarquilla, a pre-Columbian city located approximately 15 kilometers east of Lima. They found her there, in a burial chamber that is about 10 feet long. It is a pre-Inca mummy between 1,200 to 800 years old that was at a depth of one meter and forty.
The person in charge of the Cajamarquilla project is the archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen. In communication with the AFP news agency, he said “We have achieved the discovery of a mummy that was located inside a funerary structure with an underground conical shape and when seeing the characteristics it was a mummy that was tied with ropes.”
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“It is a peculiar and unique feature of this funerary context,” said Van Dalen of the find at this excavation. “The mummy would have been buried between the year 800 to 1200 AD“, he claimed. In addition, next to the mummified person they found a skeleton of an Andean guinea pig, also known as a guinea pig, and the remains of what looks like a dog, according to researchers from the University of San Marcos.
Van Dalen added that the city “was an urban center where multiple functions were developed, it has a great variety of sectors, administrative, domestic, residential” and that in the burial chamber they also found remains of corn and other vegetables.
Cajamarquilla “is a very large city that could have housed between 10,000 and 20,000 people in a total of 167 hectares,” said the researcher.
Built approximately 200 years before Christ, the mentioned city was occupied until approximately 1500. It is located 24 kilometers east of Lima and is one of the most impressive archaeological complexes in the city.