Archaeologists recover six mummies and various ceramic pieces from the Chancay culture

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:51 GMT, Apr 16, 2016 |

Peruvian archaeologists said on Thursday (April 14) they discovered six mummies and various pieces of ceramics in the archaeological site of Ancon, located in the north of the Bay of Ancon, in the Ancon District, on the central coast of Peru, local media reported.

The site is one of the most important centers of Peruvian archaeology and features a vast necropolis of the pre-Hispanic era, with countless funerary sites.

Working in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, a team of archaeologists stated the remains are approximately 1,000 years old and belong to the Chancay culture.

“It is a bundle about one thousand years old associated with the Chancay Culture. This is the first bundle that has been lifted or has been extracted from the six bundles we have found in the necropolis of Ancon which is still in the process of excavation. Because of the characteristics that we see on the surface of this bundle, it would apparently be a woman who has carried out textile work in her culture,” said archaeologist Diego Pariona, from the University of San Marcos.

“We found, as part of the offerings, two full Chancay style ceramics and we also found materials and textile offerings. Within these offerings we can observe the Piruros and Usos (utensils for weaving machines) which are engraved. The bundles were found on a circular array composed of drywall and sand,” added Pariona.

Besides the human remains, eight whole vessels were unearthed as well as 12 kilos of fragmented material, according to local media.