Inca mummy research, Peru

Inca mummy research, Peru

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Caption: Inca mummy research. Professor Guillermo Cock studying a mummy bundle (on screen). Mummy bundles are burials of bodies in the foetal position, wrapped up in a bundle containing essential items for the afterlife, and buried with other ceremonial offerings and grave goods. Professor Cock has excavated numerous mummy bundles from Puruchuco-Huaquerones, a large Inca cemetery on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The site has been excavated several times since 1999, with many well-preserved mummies being found. The Inca, a pre-Hispanic people from Peru, ruled an extensive empire in the Andean regions of northern South America in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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