The discovery of a mummy at Chan Chan this month was not the stereotypical thriller of an archeologist dressed in khakis opening an ancient tomb after thousands of years being buried in the desert sands. Instead, a group of cleaning workers must have received the surprise of their lives when on a routine day they found a cardboard box tied-up with rope disposed at the side of the road, opened it up, and found an ancient mummy.
The discovery took place at Chan Chan, an archaeological complex built by the ancient Chímu culture and located 5 km outside the city of Trujillo in northern Peru. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. (more…)