Pictured: 1,000-year-old mummy with full head of hair

Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed a 1,000-year-old mummy with its long hair still intact.

1,000-year-old mummy with long brown hair discovered in Peru

The remains were found alongside ceramic vessels, textiles and other objects in the Huaca Pucllana site in the middle of Lima’s affluent Miraflores district, according to Mirella Ganoza, the head of the team of archaeologists.

“This is an adult individual in a sitting position with bent legs,” Ms Ganoza said, noting that the mummy had long hair and a jaw that was nearly completely intact.

Archaeologists in Peru find 3,000 year-old mummy in Lima - CNA

The uncovered mummy lived possibly as long as a millennium ago, at the beginning of the Ychsma culture that developed on the central coast of modern Peru during a period of social reorganisation prior to the arrival of the Incas to the area, she added.

The excavation is taking place in Miraflores, an upscale residential district Credit: CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP
Huaca Pucllana: The Ancient Peruvian Pyramid in Lima - Peru For Less

Mummies and ancient offerings have already been found in the Huaca Pucllana site and experts believe there is much more yet to be found.

While best known for the mountain-top Inca royal retreat of Machu Picchu, Peru was home to various pre-Hispanic cultures that thrived in the centuries before the Inca empire rose to power, mainly along the country’s central coast and in the Andes.

“I find it quite interesting that right in the heart of Miraflores, in the middle of the city, surrounded by modern buildings and constructions, an important site is still preserved, the Huaca Pucllana ceremonial centre,” said Ms Ganoza.

Pictured: 1,000-year-old mummy with full head of hair

Lima, with 10 million inhabitants, has some 400 huacas, or sites with archaeological ruins, that can be seen in various neighbourhoods, according to experts.

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