An archaeologist measures the remains of a women believed to be a member of the royalty of the Wari empire. Photo: 27 June 2013
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Archaeologists unearth ancient royal tomb in Peru

28 June 2013 Last updated at 09:15 BST

Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed a royal tomb with treasures and mummified women from about 1,200 years ago.

The discovery north of Lima could shed new light on the Wari empire, which ruled in the Andes before the rise of the better-known Inca civilisation.

More than 60 skeletons were inside the tomb, including three Wari queens buried with gold and silver jewellery and brilliantly-painted ceramics.

Many mummified bodies were found sitting upright - indicating royalty.

Alpa Patel reports.