Chauchilla cemetery near Nazca in Peru

When I was in Peru, we visited the Chauchilla cemetery near Nazca.

desert Nazca
Chauchilla cemetery

This discovery of the cemetery was in 1920s and covers a period of 600- 700 years. Unfortunately this cemetery had been plundered by grave robbers who have left human bones and pottery scattered around. Since 1997 the Peruvian law protects this place. Nowadays tourists can take a tour to this ancient cemetery and see the mummies.

The bodies are preserved due to the dry climate in the Peruvian desert. They were clothed in cotton, then painted with a resin and kept in tombs made from mud bricks. The mummies still have their hair and skin.

I found this pretty amazing but also ‘creepy’.

mummification
Mummy in the Cemetery of Chauchilla

 

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Creepy.”

0 Replies to “Chauchilla cemetery near Nazca in Peru”

  1. I loved flying over the Nazca lines – and also visiting the spiral cisterns nearby. (I posted on both on my blog, artandsacredsites.com. ) I love Peru and plan on returning next May.
    I missed the cemetery you visited. Mummies also creep me out. I visited some in Guanajuato, Mexico and it was unsettling to see men, women and children all dressed up with no where to go.Look forward to reading your other posts on Peru!

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