Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Mummies found in huaca Huantille

In the pre-Hispanic temple (huaca) of Huantille in the district Magdalena eight mummies from the Ichma period were discovered during restoration work on the huaca. Half of them were buried together with ceramics and some small jewelry of copper, silver and gold. Earlier already four mummies were discovered. The Ichma culture dates from the 11th or 12th century when Aymara speaking peoples from the south invaded the coastal areas after the collapse of the Huari empire. They lasted till the conquest by the Incas. The Ichma used big adobe blocks for constructing their temples and fortresses. (Peru21 23 July 2009)

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