PHOTOS: Rare Mummy Found With Strange Artifacts, Tattoo

PHOTOS: Rare Mummy Found With Strange Artifacts, Tattoo
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The mummy was found in the in Peru's ancient city of Rontoy, which sits where the Huaura River valley begins to fan out towards the ocean.

When occupied by the Chancay, Rontoy was the hub of a thriving agricultural community. Cotton fields likely surrounded the town, Nelson said.

The size of Rontoy during its heyday, however, is unknown, as the researchers are uncertain how many structures have since been destroyed by today's fast-expanding sugarcane industry.

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