Peru: one-eyed mummy mysteriously well-preserved

29.03.2004

29.03.2004


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Findings made by construction workers digging at a school in the south of Peru, 127 kilometers from the city of Arequipa has become a major archaeological sensation. They are brought to the surface two well-preserved mummies that had lain in the ground, as scientists believe, from about 1300.

An employee of the National Institute of Culture in Lima Lucy Linares told reporters that it was a five year old boy and a man of about 35 years, died of natural causes and were buried in separate graves at a depth of three meters. Apparently, this place was once a cemetery. In accordance with the custom of the time each of the bodies were wrapped up in a red-and-blue alpaca (wool cape), and tied with a rope. The clothes men, archaeologists found the remains of corn husks, and the bags of seeds attached to his belt, which gave them a reason to make an assumption about his belonging to the peasant class.

But the most interesting is that the two mummies were not only in excellent condition. The man even kept one eye, which was open, that a lot of construction workers confused when they saw the dead man who stares at them from the bygone era. But upon further investigation it was found that not only survived the centuries internal organs men, but even his subcutaneous fat. According to the researchers, a similar phenomenon in Peru, where in recent years found a lot of mummies belonging to the culture of the Incas, they met for the first time.

The state of the Incas in South America existed for several centuries, and was conquered by the Spanish conquerors in the sixteenth century.

In the March issue of the American magazine "National Geographic" reported dozens of mummies found in the vicinity of the Peruvian capital of Lima. According to archeologists, they have discovered the largest ever unearthed in Peru Inca cemetery period. He roughly 500 years. A pre-Inca in the coastal strip, stretching for 273 kilometers to the north of Chile to the south of Peru, between 800-1300 years lived chiribayya. It is to them, as scientists say, and the mummy belonged to a boy and a man.

The startling discovery was put on public display at the National Institute of Culture just for half an hour, after which it engaged researchers. One of the issues on which they have to give an answer — why these two mummies, unlike all others, found in Peru, is so well preserved.

Battery News, 09:41 27.03.2004
Source: The News

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