Mummy in Fetal Position found in Peru 1,000 years old

Mummy in Fetal Position found in Peru 1,000 years old

Mummy in Fetal Position found in Peru 1,000 years old

Mummy in Fetal Position found in Peru 1,000 years old

The site Cajamarquilla in Peru has revealed an odd piece of history. Archaeologists have unearthed a mummy dating back around 1,000 years. The researchers discovered the peculiar mummy lying in the fetal position and bound by rope.

“1000 years ago when the mummy was buried, Cajamarquilla was a thriving city located on the bank of the Rímac river about 16 miles (25 kilometers) inland, and was a place where people from the coastal and mountainous areas of Peru engaged in trade. More than 10,000 people might have lived in the city at the time.”

From a statement released by the researchers

They also found the remains of a dog and an Andean guinea pig beside the mummy, along with corn and other vegetables, Pieter Van Dalen Luna, an archaeology professor at the National University of San Marcos who led the team, said in another statement. The buried man died sometime between 1,200 — and 800 years ago, and he may have been the son of a wealthy merchant.

Family members would have visited his tomb at times after his burial to give offerings. “After the body is placed in the tomb, there are constant events and activities,” Van Dalen Luna told CNN. “That is to say, their descendants keep coming back over many years and placing food and offerings there, including molluscs.” He noted that llama bones were found outside the tomb and may have been cooked by visitors who brought those bones as offerings.

The mummy is now being displayed at the National University of San Marcos’s museum. Analysis of the mummy is ongoing. Van Dalen Luna did not respond to requests for comment at time of publication.

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Mummy in Fetal Position found in Peru 1,000 years old.