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Remarkable Unearthing of Intact 1200-Year-Old Mummy with Preserved Hair, Skin, and Teeth

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A group of archaeologists in Peru have found a pre-Inca mummy between 800 and 1,200 years old, with skin and strands of hair preserved.

Archaeologists have found the well-preserved remains of a teenage mummy in “perfect” condition at a depth of more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital of Lima, at the archaeological site of Cajamarquilla.

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Team leader Yomira Huaman of the University of San Marcos in Lima told AFP that the child’s remains, which were found in a large stone-covered tomb, indicated that he was probably 12 or 13 years old.

Cajamarquilla was a mud-brick city around 200 BC, in the pre-Inca period, and was inhabited until around 1500. It is believed to have had between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants.

Huaman said the high salt content of the sand in the area likely led to the child’s natural mummification, and his gender has not been determined.

Patches of skin were left on the arms and legs, and hair was found on the head, which had been separated from the body. The jaw also contained the remains of teeth.

“The discovery is very important because it is well preserved,” Huaman said. Next to the mummy, the team found a stone weapon, a plate, a copper needle, remnants of cloth, corn, and hot peppers.

In February 2022, archaeologists found 20 mummies, including eight children, at an archaeological site in Cajamarquilla.

Source: phys.org.

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