Mummy's Day in Peru

A female mummy was recently found near the Peruvian city of Trujillo. The mummy was found with extensive jewelry, artifacts, and most interestingly tatoos! The mummy's tattoos cover both arms and other areas of her body. Workers with the National Geographic society are studying the artifacts. They estimate the burial site is from about 450 A. D.

The remains are especially unusual because the grave contained not only jewelry and beads, but war-like items like clubs and spears. There was also the mummy of a sacrificed teenage girl. The site will be featured in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

Mummies are a relatively common find in Peru. The coastal desert helps preserve much of Peru's ancient artifacts.