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‘Murder victim’ found in a cardboard box turns out to be 900-year-old mummy stolen from archaeological dig in Peru

A cleaner who feared a body he found was a murder victim had in fact found a 900-year-old mummy.

The preserved remains were discovered in a cardboard box by street cleaners in north-western Peru.

The mummy, thought to date back to 1100 AD, was found wrapped in rope and dumped inside the box in front of an archaeological dig in the city of Trujillo.

Grim discovery: Street cleaners who found the remains initially feared they had stumbled across a murder victim

Grim discovery: Street cleaners who found the remains initially feared they had stumbled across a murder victim

It is thought to have been stolen from the archaeological site known as Chan Chan which was the capital of the Chimu Empire, an urban civilisation that appeared on the Peruvian coast around 1100 AD.