Chachapoyas mummy, Peru

Chachapoyas mummy, Peru

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Caption: Chachapoyas mummy. Exposed head of a mummy bundle from the Laguna de los Condores (Lake of the Condors), a burial site for the Chachapoyas people. 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. The Chachapoyas (The Warriors of the Clouds) were a pre-Hispanic people that lived in the Andean cloud forest region of Peru. Their culture is thought to have developed from 800 AD. They were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Photographed in the Leymebamba Museum, Peru, near the burial site.

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