Momia de 3.000 años hallada en Perú

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Peruvian mummy found

A joint Japanese-Peruvian archaeological mission has uncovered the remains of a woman who they believe was killed as a sacrifice, almost 3,000 years ago in Peru.

Reporter: Dan Collyns

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At close to 3,000 years old, scientists were amazed at how well preserved the remains were. The woman, named the 'Lady of Pacopampa' after the site in the northern highlands where she was found, stood at just over one and a half metres tall.

She was discovered surrounded by gold necklaces, pendants and ceramics. Archaeologists were also surprised to find jewellery made from seashells as the site where she was found in the Andean Cajamarca region is several hundred miles from the coast and there was little previous evidence of trade between the two areas.

Although the circumstances of her death are still unclear, the Japanese researcher leading the dig, Yuji Seki, said her bones were found in the foetal position with the legs bound by a cord. He added that she was between 30 and 40 years old when she died, considerably older than most mummified bodies found in Peru.

Archaeologists believe the Pacopampa area where she was found was an important ceremonial site, contemporary with the better-known Chavin and Cupisnique cultures.

Dan Collyns, BBC News, Lima

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how well preserved the remains were cuán bien conservados estaban los restos

pendants and ceramicscolgantes y cerámicas

archaeologistsarqueólogos

seashells conchas (de mar)

the coastla costa

the circumstances of her deathlas circunstancias de su muerte (cómo murió)

the foetal positionla posición fetal

bound by a cordatadas con un cordón/una cuerda

mummified bodies cuerpos momificados

contemporary contemporáneo/coetáneo