LIMA (Reuters) – A team of experts have found a mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old on Peru’s central coast, one of the archaeologists who participated in the excavation said on Friday.

The mummified remains were of a person from the culture that developed between the coast and the mountains of the South American country. The mummy, whose gender has not been identified, was discovered in the Lima region, archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen Luna said.

“The main feature of the mummy is that the whole body was tied with ropes and the hands covered the face, which would be part of the local funeral model,” said Van Dalen Luna, of San State University. Marcos.

The remains are those of a person who lived in the high Andes region of the country, he said. “Radiocarbon dating will give a more precise chronology.”

The mummy was found inside an underground structure found on the outskirts of the city of Lima. In the tomb were also offerings including ceramics, vegetable remains and stone tools, he said.

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Peru – home to the tourist destination Machu Picchu – is home to hundreds of archaeological sites from cultures that developed before and after the Inca Empire, which dominated the southern part of South America 500 years ago, from the southern Ecuador and Colombia to central Chile.

(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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