Peruvian archeologists on Thursday announced to have discovered an undisturbed pre-Incan tomb containing two wrapped corpses and dating to the year 1000 AD, state news agency Andina reported.
The tomb, uncovered at the Huaca Pucllana archeological site in Peru's capital Lima, belonged to the Wari culture, holding the corpses of an adult and a child that have been wrapped in materials made of vegetable fiber, said the news agency, quoting archaeologists responsible for the finding.
The tomb was discovered recently during the sixth stage of exploration work at the Great Pyramid of Huaca Pucllana, located in the city's Miraflores residential district. The two-meter-deep tomb dated from a time of much social turmoil and transformation, but had remained intact through cultures of later generations in the region, said the archeologists.
The tomb, which holds numerous offerings, is likely to contain the remains of members of the ruling elite, said the news agency Andina.
According to Isabel Flores, the lead archeologist for the exploration work, the child could be sacrificed in honor of the adult.
The Wari culture thrived in the region from 600 AD to 1000 AD, around 500 years before the rise of the Inca Empire, and some 70 other tombs of the same culture have been uncovered thus far at the Huaca Pucllana area.