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Pre-Inca mummy taken from tomb

August 30, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Archaeologists working at Peru's Huaca Pucllana ruins pulled a mummy from a tomb Tuesday and believe it to be from the ancient Wari culture that flourished before the Incas.

In addition to the female mummy, the tomb contained the remains of two other adults and a child.

It is the first intact Wari burial site discovered at Huaca Pucllana in Lima, the capital, and researchers believe it dates to about AD 700.

Workers wrapped the female mummy in tissue paper before lifting it onto a flat board.

They exposed her face, revealing two large, bright blue orbs in her eye sockets. It was not clear what they were made of.

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