500-year-old mummy found in northern Lima
|Anthropologists examine the mummified remains of a woman |
discovered at the Pisquillo-Las Shicras site [Credit: Andina]
Walter Tosso, who is heading the team of archaeologists excavating at the site, said the woman was likely a member of the culture’s more prestigious ranks.
"She was not a simple villager," Tosso was quoted as saying by Peruthisweek.com.
The specialists will work on the funerary bundle, which is wrapped with several layers of fabric, and as well as on two other funerary remains, that were wrapped with fewer fabrics.
The study, specialists said, would provide valuable information about the Chancay, as well as shed light on their burial process. It will be the first time archeologists will carry out this procedure.
There are several Chancay fabrics in museums and collections, but so far there are no details about how the Chancay used them in burials, the regional government said.
Source: Andina [November 06, 2012]