Ancient mummy found under rubbish dump in Peru.

Archaeologists in Peru conducting a dig at the site of a rubbish dump in the capital Lima have found a mummy they think is around 3,000 years old.

Students from San Marcos University, who are helping with the dig, first spotted the mummy's hair and skull.

Archaeologist Miguel Aguilar said they had removed eight tonnes of rubbish from the location before their careful search for historic remains began.

The mummy is thought to date back to the times of the Manchay culture.

The Manchay lived in the area around modern-day Lima from around 1500BC to 1000BC.

They are known for building U-shaped temples oriented towards the rising sun.

Mr Aguilar explained that the mummy had been placed in a tomb in the centre of such a U-shaped temple. He said the body had been laid out flat, which is characteristic for the Manchay culture of the "formative era", around 3,000 years ago.

The body was wrapped in cloth made from cotton and vegetable fiber.

Source: www.bbc.com


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