The Amazingly Well-preserved 1,000-year-old Mummy Is On Display For The First Time At The Museum In Lyon, France
The remains of the woman, who died aged 50, will form part of an exhibition at a museum in Lyon, France, later this month
These incredible photos show an astonishingly well preserved 1,000 year old mummy which will soon be going on public display for the first time.
The woman, who died aged 50, was mummified in the foetal position and buried in the ancient settlement of Pachacamac, near Lima, Peru.
The pre-Inca civilisation skeleton was among 150 – including infants who appeared to have been killed for ritual reasons – discovered during a 2012 dig directed by the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium.
Her remains have been kept in storage ever since in exactly the same state in which she was found.
She will be unveiled to the public at the Musee de Confluences, in Lyon, France later this month.
Pachacamac was occupied between the years 800 and 1450AD and its inhabitants worshipped the god Pacha Kamaq – who they believed created the man and woman.