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700-year-old Peruvian mummies found (so well preserved an eye and internal organs intact)
Reuters via SMH | February 25, 2004

Posted on 02/24/2004 6:35:01 AM PST by dead

Two of the oldest mummies found in Peru - so well preserved that one had an eye and internal organs intact - have gone on display after their discovery by building workers two weeks ago.

Officials from the National Institute of Culture said the mummies - a young boy and a man in his mid-30s - were at least 700 years old.

They came from a culture that predated the Incas, who dominated a vast swathe of South America from Colombia to Chile until they were toppled by Spanish invaders in the 1530s.

Well preserved ... one of the recently found mummies. Photo: Reuters

An archaeologist at the National Culture Institute, Lucy Linares, said: "Two mummies have been found - a boy of about five and a farmer, about 35 years old, dating from between 1100 and 1300, the Chiribaya culture. What is striking is the level of conservation [of the mummies]."

The man had one eye open and "you can see his eyeball. It's perfectly preserved."

When the workers moved the body, they accidentally made a hole in his side, displaying his intestines, she added. Fat adhering to the skin was also extremely well preserved.

The mummies went on display at the institute for 30 minutes on Monday. They will now be cleaned and studied by archaeologists.

Workers found the pair as they dug a sports ground in the coastal province of Islay, 125 kilometres south of Peru's second city, Arequipa.

The clothing on the mummies and their style of burial identified them as being of the Chiribaya culture, which developed in the arid coastal stretch of northern Chile and southern Peru around 800 to 1350. The culture's highly decorative ceramics were distinctive, historians say.

The bodies were buried separately, wrapped in red and blue alpaca cloth and tied with rope. They were placed in the fetal position three metres underground. Corn husks were found inside the funerary cloth.

"It looks like it was a natural death. It seems the place was a cemetery," Ms Linares said.

She said the man was probably a farmer because he had bags of seeds attached to his belt and a spade by his side. The boy was buried in a small tomb of stones. No more bodies have been found.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; andes; chiribaya; godsgravesglyphs; mummies; peru; peruvianmummies
What is striking is the level of conservation of the mummies. The man had one eye open and "you can see his eyeball. It's perfectly preserved."

“Schwiiiiiing!” said Bill Clinton.

1 posted on 02/24/2004 6:35:01 AM PST by dead
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To: dead
Link:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/24/1077594831515.html

2 posted on 02/24/2004 6:35:36 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
Hmmm. Did they miss the odor of sanctity? or what?
3 posted on 02/24/2004 6:37:41 AM PST by ClaireSolt
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To: dead
Knowing his prediliction for well preserved females, these mummies should be placed under a Bubba Watch.
4 posted on 02/24/2004 6:54:03 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: farmfriend
They came from a culture that predated the Incas,...

Ping to the list.

5 posted on 02/24/2004 8:12:05 AM PST by happygrl
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To: TC Rider; martin_fierro

"You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a good-looking mummy!"

6 posted on 02/24/2004 8:12:09 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (This does not rise to the level of a tagline.)
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To: dead
Probably what Hillary's pantsuit looks like turned inside out.
7 posted on 02/24/2004 8:51:28 AM PST by Solamente
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To: dead
700-year-old Peruvian mummies found (so well preserved – an eye and internal organs intact)

Wonder if the daddies were well preserved too?

8 posted on 02/24/2004 8:54:32 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: dead; *Gods, Graves, Glyphs; A.J.Armitage; abner; adam_az; AdmSmith; Alas Babylon!; ...
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9 posted on 02/24/2004 10:28:22 AM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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(That was easy. TOO easy.)

10 posted on 02/24/2004 11:11:37 AM PST by martin_fierro (Phat Tuesday!)
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To: dead
Good find. Bump for the mummies.
11 posted on 02/24/2004 11:47:20 AM PST by blam
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To: The_Media_never_lie
I had been going to ask how well the POPPIES were preserved.
12 posted on 02/24/2004 11:55:08 AM PST by Chris Talk (What Earth now is, Mars once was. What Mars now is, Earth will become.)
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To: dead
Fascinating! Keep us posted on any more news on this.
13 posted on 02/24/2004 7:13:34 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: dead
Interesting post. Thanks.
14 posted on 02/25/2004 8:35:23 AM PST by Eva
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Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.

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15 posted on 01/03/2006 9:16:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/pledge)
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Secrets Of The Desert Mummies - The Chiribaya

Secrets Of The Desert Mummies - The Chiribaya

16 posted on 12/31/2014 10:39:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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