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Friday, 6 July 2018

Mummified corpses of Inca nobility still clothed in finely woven burial robes are unearthed in one of the largest burial sites in ancient Peru

  • Burial site includes 24 mummified corpses – with ten more still to be confirmed
  • Corpses are buried alongside funerary offerings such as ceramics and grains
  • Some of the bodies, believed to be nobility, were wrapped in high-quality clothes
The mummified corpses of Inca nobility, still clothed in finely woven robes, have been unearthed in one of Peru's largest burial sites.
The 500-year-old site contains 24 mummified corpses and is the biggest burial ever found in the coastal region of Lambayeque, in northwest Peru.
The corpses – four of which are believed to be Inca nobility – are buried alongside funerary offerings such as ceramics, grains and high-quality clothes.
These fine fabrics and ceramics would not have been found in the burial site of poor people, experts say.
Mummified Inca corpses still clothed in finely woven royal robes have been found in ancient Peruvian tombs. Pictured is an archaeologist unearthing tombs and human remains
Mummified Inca corpses still clothed in finely woven royal robes have been found in ancient Peruvian tombs. Pictured is an archaeologist unearthing tombs and human remains
From their ancient capital Cusco, the Incas controlled a vast empire known as Tahuantinsuyo, which extended from the west of present-day Argentina to southern Colombia.
This ancient civilisation ruled for more than two hundred years before being conquered by the invading Spanish in the 16th century.
However, little was known about their presence in the famous Valley of the Pyramids until now.
The corpses were found in Huaca Las Abejas in a 221-hectare large pyramid city called Túcume, which is home to 26 pyramids. 
The burial was found around one kilometre from the main pyramid, the Huaca Larga, which towers at 30-metres (100 feet) high – one of the tallest in South America.
A team of 89 archaeologists led by Túcume Site Museum have been examining the Inca tombs and now believe the ancient civilisation arrived in the area in 1470. 
The fact members of the Inca nobility were being buried at the site suggests this ancient civilisation was well-established in the region.
The burial includes around 24 mummified corpses, with potentially ten more still to be found. Pictured is pottery found at Huaca de las Abejas in Tucume Archaeological Complex
The burial includes around 24 mummified corpses, with potentially ten more still to be found. Pictured is pottery found at Huaca de las Abejas in Tucume Archaeological Complex
Pictured is pottery found at the dig. The 500-year-old site contains 24 mummified corpses and is the biggest burial ever found in the coastal region of Lambayeque
Pictured is pottery found at the dig. The 500-year-old site contains 24 mummified corpses and is the biggest burial ever found in the coastal region of Lambayeque
The corpses – four of which are believed to be Inca nobility – are buried alongside funerary offerings such as ceramics, grains and high-quality clothes 
The corpses – four of which are believed to be Inca nobility – are buried alongside funerary offerings such as ceramics, grains and high-quality clothes 
The corpses were found in Huaca Las Abejas in a 221-hectare large pyramid city called Túcume which is home to 26 pyramids
The corpses were found in Huaca Las Abejas in a 221-hectare large pyramid city called Túcume which is home to 26 pyramids
'We have all the evidence that it is an elite group of both men and women,' said the director of the Túcume Museum, Bernarda Delgado. 
Archaeologists are yet to confirm the gender of each individual but they believe it is women who were buried alongside tools for weaving.
Meanwhile, they believe the male corpses are those surrounded by oars, wooden paddles and shells.
Three or four individuals are wrapped in bundles of up to thirty different fine fabrics and are believed to be Inca nobility.
The finely-woven fabrics and ceramics uncovered at the site would not have been found in the burial site of poor people, experts say
The finely-woven fabrics and ceramics uncovered at the site would not have been found in the burial site of poor people, experts say
From their ancient capital Cusco, the Incas controlled a vast empire called Tahuantinsuyo, which extended from the west of present-day Argentina to the south of Colombia. The corpses were found wrapped in fabrics (pictured)
From their ancient capital Cusco, the Incas controlled a vast empire called Tahuantinsuyo, which extended from the west of present-day Argentina to the south of Colombia. The corpses were found wrapped in fabrics (pictured)
A team of 89 archaeologists led by Túcume Site Museum have been examining the Inca tombs and now believe the ancient civilisation arrived in the area in 1470
A team of 89 archaeologists led by Túcume Site Museum have been examining the Inca tombs and now believe the ancient civilisation arrived in the area in 1470
The fact members of the Inca nobility were being buried at the site suggests this ancient civilisation was well-established in the region
The fact members of the Inca nobility were being buried at the site suggests this ancient civilisation was well-established in the region
It is unknown why the Inca nobility was buried in the region and archaeologists believe there are at least 10 more corpses to be uncovered.
Some ceramics are also still in tact, giving us insight into Inca pottery at the time, writes Spanish site La Vanguardia.  
'Eight million soles (2.4 million dollars) were allocated for research, conservation and restoration projects in this archaeological complex, of which from 2017 to date, two million soles have been used (about 607,810 dollars)', said Luis Villacorta the vice minister of Cultural Heritage.
Pictured is a tomb, human remains and pottery. Archaeologists are yet to confirm the gender of each individual but they believe women are the ones buried alongside tools for weaving
Pictured is a tomb, human remains and pottery. Archaeologists are yet to confirm the gender of each individual but they believe women are the ones buried alongside tools for weaving
They believe the male corpses are those surrounded by oars, wooden paddles and shells. Three or four individuals are wrapped in bundles of up to thirty different fine fabrics and are believed to be nobles
They believe the male corpses are those surrounded by oars, wooden paddles and shells. Three or four individuals are wrapped in bundles of up to thirty different fine fabrics and are believed to be nobles
It is unknown why the Inca nobility was buried in the region and archaeologists believe there are at least 10 more corpses to be uncovered
It is unknown why the Inca nobility was buried in the region and archaeologists believe there are at least 10 more corpses to be uncovered
Some ceramics are also still in tact, giving us insight into Inca pottery at the time
Some ceramics are also still in tact, giving us insight into Inca pottery at the time
'We have all the evidence that it is an elite group of both men and women,' said the director of the Túcume Museum, Bernarda Delgado
'We have all the evidence that it is an elite group of both men and women,' said the director of the Túcume Museum, Bernarda Delgado

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