October 24, 2015

Mummies Uncovered at the Chimu site of Chan Chan

Peruvian archaeologists have found 32 mummies at and near the site of Chan Chan. Jewelry, textiles and other artifacts were buried with the mummies. The Chimu culture built the city of Chan Chan between 900-1500 CE. All the mummies were adults, and the majority were women. The newly found artifacts date to 1400 CE. The females were probably sacrificed to accompany authorities buried in a main chamber. The artifacts will be rigorously tested to find out more. At the same time, archaeologists found a female mummy covered in textiles in a basket woven of dried stalks. Cotton and corn were placed next to her. She may be from the Lima Culture dating to 900-1470 CE. Excavations will now begin in this area.

Ancient Origins has the story with photos here;

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Mike Ruggeri’s Sican/Chimu Era Peru

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