Pre-Incan mummies found in Lima, Peru examined by X-rays

The archaeological team dubbed one mummy “the lady of the mask” for its mask painted with strikingly large, blue eyes. Photo: ANDINA / Jorge Paz.

09:54 | Lima, Sep. 04 (ANDINA).

The three 1,300-year-old mummies recently found in Huaca Pucllana ruins (Lima) were examined by X-rays yesterday to take a look inside these funeral bundles before opening and studying them.

Head archaeologist Isabel Flores said X-rays will help determine the position of the human remains without cutting the mummies open.

"The interesting thing about these mummies is that they are the first to be found intact in this archaeological site. The study of these mummies will help us learn more about the burial techniques of the Wari culture," Flores added.

She mentioned that in the same place where these three mummies were unearthed, archaeologists noticed the presence of four more.
It was reported that in the coming months more information would be provided about them.

In addition, Peruvian archaeologist Isabel Flores noted that one of the primary goals is to have an on-site museum where these mummies and artifacts could be displayed. 

In that regard, the mayor of Miraflores, Manuel Masias, has pledged to build one in the medium term. 

On Tuesday, August 26, a team of Peruvian archaeologists excavating a pyramid at the Huaca Pucllana site found three 1,300-year old mummies from the Wari culture, including a woman with a mask with striking blue eyes.

Huaca Pucllana is a Pre-Incan temple complex which was used by both the Wari and Lima cultures from 500-800 ce. It is situated in the midst of the modern Limean district of Miraflores, with an area of five hectares.

The Wari culture flourished in Peru's southern highlands from about 500 to 1000, with the empire stretching from Moquegua in the south to Trujillo in the north.

Published: 9/4/2008