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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lima: 50 Homeless Families Evicted so Archaeologists can Harvest One Mummy

LIMA (Reuters) - A pre-Incan mummy and eight other skeletons have been dug up from under what used to be a shanty town in the middle of Peru's capital, archeologists said on Wednesday.

Urban squatters had lived on the Huaca Huantille ruins for years, unaware they contained an ancient burial site.

Archeologist Roberto Quispe working on the excavation said the bones were from the Ychsma civilization dating from between 1000 and 1400 AD.

The burial site was found after city officials and Peru's national institute of culture kicked out 50 homeless families that had built a shantytown on the ruins, and later started excavations.

link: Pre-Incan mummy dug up in center of Lima | Science | Reuters


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