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Archaeologists in Lima have unearthed two mummies, an adult and a child, thought to be more than 1,000-years-old.

Researchers on Thursday (October 24) said the remains likely belonged to two individuals from the Wari civilization, which ruled in what is now Peru for some 500 years, between 600 AD and 1100 AD.

The tomb was discovered at the Great Pyramid of Huaca Pucllana archaeological site in the heart of Lima.

When in good condition, Wari tombs can be identified by the ceramic and textile offerings placed around the dead, one of many reasons the archaeological team says the burial techniques are consistent with the Wari.

"We are on the west side of the Great Pyramid of Huaza Pucllana with a great find which is an intact tomb from the Wari era. We are talking around 900 to 1000 A.D. There are two individuals; two mummies characteristic of this culture. The burial techniques - one main individual found in a braided technique, in a braided bundle, and a companion, which from the size of it you could say was an infant. You can still see the offerings in the site," archaeologist Gladys Paz said.

Small children were often sacrificed and it is common to find their bodies alongside adult ones.

The child discovered with the adult mummy at Huaca Pucllana was likely sacrificed, according to researchers.

The tomb was the third significant find discovered at the site.

The burial techniques - including fibers used in the wraps used to protect the mummies and burial masks - are all consistent with other Wari tombs found in the past.

There is now a small museum dedicated to the ancient site which pre-dates the Incas.

Peru is a country rich in archaeological treasures. It has hundreds of sites that date back thousands of years and span dozens of cultures, including the Incan empire that was in power when Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500s. 

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