PHOTOS: Rare Mummy Found With Strange Artifacts, Tattoo

PHOTOS: Rare Mummy Found With Strange Artifacts, Tattoo
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When the researchers exposed the mummy's right arm and hand—note the fingernails—they found he clutched an empty woolen bag, which is partially visible here. The mummy also held two loops of yarn.

The dirty-looking flecks around the mummy are offerings of corn kernels. Corn, Cock noted, was a key food and ingredient in alcohol. "Chicha was really the only alcoholic beverage that they had—[corn] is a very valuable resource," he said.

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—Photograph by Kit Nelson/Tulane University
 
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