Rare Mummy Found With Strange Artifacts, Tattoo in Peru
Disemboweled and decorated with scarlet paint, metal eye plates, and a tattoo, an exquisitely preserved, thousand-year-old mummy has been discovered in Peru. (See photos.)
As anthropologists gingerly removed the layers of ancient textiles swaddling the thirtysomething elite male last month at a Lima lab, offerings both strange and familiar came to light—slingshots, corn, a figurine in identical dress.
Taken together, the artifacts, the mummy, and the excavation site suggest
that the mysterious, little-studied Chancay civilization held a
surprisingly tight grip on the fertile north-central Pacific coast of Peru
during the culture's heyday, between A.D. 1000 and 1500, when it finally
fell to the unstoppable Inca Empire, experts say.
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