LIMA – The mummy of a child along with several pre-Columbian ceramics were seized by Peruvian police from traffickers who planned to sell them on the black market, the official Andina news agency said.
The looted antiquities were recovered last Friday from two residences in the southern region of Cuzco.
The operation was the result of investigations by Cuzco police intelligence agents.
The two properties searched were located in the Pisac district, some 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) southeast of Lima.
The mummy was discovered in the first home to be inspected, and was found covered with an Inca cloak and in an apparent state of decomposition.
Found in the same residence was a fabric of the Paracas culture, along with 23 pre-Inca ceramics from the Chavin and Mochica cultures.
Confiscated from the second home that the police entered were 15 Inca ceramics.
The objects seized were apparently to be shown to potential buyers and sold to the highest bidder, according to police.
Prosecutors are already preparing an indictment against the traffickers, while the items that were confiscated will be handed over to the Cuzco regional branch of Peru’s National Institute of Culture. EFE