Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@ProyectoEspecialNaylampLambayeque
This is the moment experts take the wrapping off the mummy of an Inca nobleman who lived in Peru between the 14th and 15th centuries.
The funeral bundle was examined by experts at the museum of Tucume, an archaeological site in the north-western Peruvian province of Lambayeque.
Reports said the pre-Hispanic remains were found in an area of Tucume known as Huaca Las Abejas.
Museum spokeswoman Bernarda Delgado Elias said in a video published by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture: “The skull area is protected by additional clothing. Moreover, there was cotton placed between the skull and the clothing.”
She added: “This means they were very careful during the embalming process which suggests he may have been a nobleman during that time.”
Archaeologist Manuel Escudero Villalta said: “The embalming process, clothes and offerings make us believe he was a member of the Incan elite in Tucume.”
Reports said the funeral bundle was wrapped in a cover with decorative symbols and was similar to another one found during excavations in the area between 1989 and 1992.
Tests will continue to take place until the end of December when experts hope to learn more about the subject’s bones and objects situated next to the remains.
Tucume was a major hub inhabited by the Chimu civilisation between 1350 and 1450 AD before they were later conquered by the Incas who lived in the area between 1450 and 1532 AD.
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