Mummy's the word as ancient city unwraps more

Lima - Peruvian archaeologists have unearthed some 25 mummies and evidence of human sacrifices under a dusty shantytown in the southern outskirts of the capital.

The find was made on the site of Armatambo, a pre-Columbian Indian city dating between 1100 and 1400, archaeologist Daniel Guerrero said on Wednesday.

It brings to 220 the number of mummies found at the excavations under the shantytown of Virgen del Morro since the dig began in 1992, Guerrero added.

Guerrero's team of 10 archaeologists have found the remains of four women, four children and four dogs sacrificed in the ancient city.

"We have discovered much information about the architecture and the function of the city itself," Guerrero said.

Guerrero said there are about 30 archaeological sites across Lima, a sprawling Pacific coastal city of almost 8 million people. - Sapa-AP


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