The extraordinary mummified remains of a 50-year-old woman discovered in a fetal position is set to go on display at a museum in France.

As reported in The Independent, the 1,000-year-old mummy was discovered in 2012 at the ancient Peruvian settlement of Pachacamac near Lima. French archaeologists, who found the mummy crouched in a fetal position, have been careful to preserve the integrity of the remains by keeping it in the same configuration as when it was discovered.

The new exhibition at the Musee de Confluences in Lyon will explore various human representations of death in different ages and cultures from around the world.

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Two years ago, archaeologists from the Université Libre de Bruxelles excavated the 600 hectare Pachacamac site, where they found 70 bodies similar to the one on display. This mummy was found scattered around the bodies in the 1,000-year-old tomb, and they may have been ritually sacrificed.

The Ichma peoples lived in the region from 800 A.D. to 1450 A.D. where they constructed 17 pyramids and worshipped the god Pacha Kamaq. Their culture and systems of belief were later absorbed by the Inca empire after it conquered the relatively small community. Archaeologists consider Pachacamac to be among the most important ancient settlement, equal to Machu Picchu and Nazca Lines.

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Read more at The Independent.

Images: Musee de Confluences/Independent

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