Huari mummies discovered at Huaca Pucllana in Lima, Peru


The two mummies were found during an excavation at the Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores and may be as old as 1,000 years Fascinating archaeological finds out of Northern Peru are relatively frequent, but it’s not often that we hear news of a significant discovery here in Lima. But archaeologists working at the Huaca Pucllana in the district of Miraflores have found a pair of intact mummies on the site, making Lima this week’s buzzed-about dig location.

According to El Comercio, two mummy bundles of differing size were found buried inside a wall on the sixth platform of the Great Pyramid at the site. El Comercio reports that the sex and age of the mummies is not yet known, but it’s possible that the larger mummy is the body of a high-ranking priest or official. The smaller mummy may be a child that was sacrificed in honor of the leader.

Director of the Museum at the Huaca Pucllana Isabel Flores told El Comercio that the site of the burial is significant. “The Huari demonstrated their power by burying their dead inside of the walls that had been built centuries earlier by the Lima culture,” Flores explained.

El Comerio reports that alongside the two mummy bundles, archaeologists found seven vessels for mate, 12 textile bags, and the remains of three cuyes. The mummies will be taken to the labortories of the Ministry of Culture, where they will be submitted to tests to determine their age and other information.

However, according to El Comercio, the full battery of tests could take four to six months. “By May, we’ll know how old the two mummies were, what illnesses they may have suffered from, what positions they held, and even if there’s a family connection between them,” dig director Gladys Paz told the newspaper.