In northern Peru, an ancient tomb, that could throw light on the pre-Columbian Moche Indian culture, has been unearthed by archaeologists.
Well-preserved human remains, along with jewellery and ceramics were contained in the tomb, located in Ucupe, 670km from the capital Lima.
Experts said that the finds suggested the tomb was related to nobility.
Famous for their ceramics, architecture and irrigation, the Moche Indians thrived from 100-800 AD.
From Peru, the BBC’s Dan Collyns reports that for the last few decades, the northern coast has been a treasure trove for stunning archaeological discoveries.
These relics of the Moche civilisation have been preserved thanks to the dry desert climate region.
Found inside a wooden sarcophagus, the tomb’s body was wearing a gold-coloured funeral mask and was surrounded by copper crowns, earrings, nose pieces and ear flaps, archaeologists said.
Nearby, more remains of a young man and animals like llamas were found.
Walter Alva, Peruvian archaeologist, whose son Bruno was the dig co-director, told AP news agency: “Some elements like sceptres and crowns of gold are those that identify people of the highest hierarchical level.”
The tomb may be linked to the other world-renowned Moche ruins in the area, archaeologists believe.