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Mummy Bundles

The Inca sometimes interred their dead in mummy bundles, layers of cloth encasing a body and personal effects. The bundles often had false heads, textiles stuffed with cotton, propped on top. Some wore masks or wigs.

These bundles (right) were part of one of the most recent Inca discoveries: hundreds of mummy bundles buried beneath a shantytown near Lima called Tupac Amaru. The site is the second largest cemetery ever excavated in Peru and the largest from a single time period.

Inca Mummy Bundles

Photograph by Margaret Sidlosky

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