Did you know mummies have been uncovered in Peru? Researchers estimate the burials occurred between 1480 and 1535 in what was a main cemetery for the Inca, who once ruled a vast part of South America until they were defeated by the Spanish. To see what archeologists unearthed, click though the photo gallery below, and check out these videos for more about mummies.
Archeologists have uncovered the second largest Inca cemetery ever excavated in Peru on the edge of a schoolyard.
About 2,200 individuals have been found in the cemetery in this small town near the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.
The bodies were mummified by placing them in soil packed with textiles that helped them dry out.
Archeologists continue with their excavation. Only a few of the mummies have been unwrapped -- it's a very lengthy process and will take years for all of them to be examined.
The archeologists uncovered both children and adults at the burial site.
Here a child has a headdress on -- the headdress helped distinguish between the elite and the poor of the Inca Empire.
An archeologist examines the skull of a child, who researchers believe was about six years old.
Here archeologists examine a female skeleton. More than 50,000 artifacts have been retrieved at the burial site.
Photos courtesy of National Geographic Society.