Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of the oldest mummy ever found in
Lima – a high-ranking official of the Huari culture, who lived about 1300 years ago, researchers said.
The headless mummy was found in September in Lima’s Huaca Pucllana
ceremonial complex after studies and explorations at this burial site.
"He was decapitated and belongs to the Huari culture that invaded Lima",
said archaeologist Isabel Flores -director of the Huaca Pucllana Museum-
and added that the Huaris predated the Incas, who dominated South America from Colombia to Chile until being toppled by Spanish conquerors in the 1530s.
"Judging by the clothes he is wearing, we’re talking about a senior official
who was buried wrapped in cloth and tied with rope made of vegetal fibre,"
said Ms Flores.
The mummy, which was found surrounded by tunics and food such as corn and
beans, is not well preserved because of the humidity of Lima’s coast. Its
dried skin and bones are badly chipped and many of its ligaments are