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Mummies of early Chinese immigrants unearthed in Peru


Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed three 19th-century mummies of Chinese immigrants. The bodies were found inside their wooden coffins by workers of Calidda, a natural gas distributor in Lima and Callao.

Mummies of early Chinese immigrants unearthed in Peru
Archaeologist Sulema Zelaya shows a 19th century mummy of a Chinese immigrant inside a wooden coffin
[Credit: Guadalupe Pardo, Reuters]
The mummies were buried less than a metre (3.2 feet) deep in the Lima district of Carabayllo. Their coffins contained traditional Chinese artifacts, such as lighters and pipes to smoke opium.

Mummies of early Chinese immigrants unearthed in Peru
The coffins contained traditional Chinese artifacts, such as lighters and pipes to smoke opium
[Credit: Guadalupe Pardo, Reuters]
Archaeologists believe the mummies belonged to immigrants from the first wave of Chinese who travelled to Peru in the mid-19th century to work in the country's booming sugar and cotton industries.


The three mummies were found on Jan. 22, 2018, as Calidda employees worked to install new natural gas pipelines.


Archaeologist Cecilia Camargo, in charge of the excavation and conservation of these bodies, believes more remains of Chinese immigrants will be found in the area.

Source: Reuters [February 06, 2018]

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