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  Ancient mummies found in school
Updated 24 February 2004, 19.57
A Peruvian mummy
Builders working at a school in Peru have stumbled on two of the oldest mummies ever discovered there.

The workers were digging a new sports field in Islay province when they made the find on 12 February.

Archaeologists say the pair, aged five and about 35 when they died, were buried at least 700 years ago, and are unusually well preserved.

Experts think the pair were part of the Chiribaya culture which existed in Peru between the years 800 and 1350.

They also think that the man was a farmer because he was found with bags of seed attached to his belt and a spade by his side.

The ancient duo was displayed at the National Institute of Culture on Monday.

They will now be cleaned and studied by the archaeologists.

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