Gas line workers in made a stunning discovery in September when they unearthed eight pre-Inca mummies, while an American mummy, Stoneman Willie, will finally be buried after 128 years.
The findings shed light on the rich history of the Lima, Peru, which has been occupied for over 10,000 years by various cultures.
The mummies were found during excavation work conducted by Calidda, the company responsible for distributing natural gas in Lima.
Mummies Found In Peru
Over the past 19 years, Calidda’s excavation efforts have led to the discovery of more than 1,900 archaeological artifacts, including pottery, textiles, and more mummies.
Lima is home to over 400 larger archaeological sites, known as “huacas” in the Indigenous Quechua language.
These adobe constructions are scattered throughout the urban landscape and are considered sacred places.
The newly discovered mummies are believed to belong to the pre-Inca culture called Ichma, which thrived from around A.D. 1100 until it was eventually incorporated into the Inca Empire in the late 15th century.
The mummies, wrapped in cotton cloth and tied with ropes braided from lianas, were found in trenches just 30 centimeters below the surface.
Archaeologists working on the site speculate that the bundles likely contain the remains of two adults and six minors.
The Real Identity Of Stoneman Willie
Meanwhile, an American mummy will finally get a proper burial after being put on display for visitors to ogle for 128 years.
A more than a century-old mystery surrounding the identity of a mummifed man known as “Stoneman Willie” has finally been solved.
Auman’s Funeral Home in Pennsylvania has successfully identified the mummified remains, which have been on public display since 1895. The funeral home is now preparing to give Willie a proper burial on October 7.