Monday, 21 April 2014

FASCINATING READ: The Inca Ice Maiden

In September 1995, during an ascent of Mt. Ampato in southern Peru, anthropologist Reinhard and his peruvian climbing partner Z├írate, found the well-preserved frozen body of an Inca girl who was killed as an offering to the Inca gods sometime between 1450 and 1480. She was approximately 11–15 years old.

The body caused a sensation in the scientific world due to its well-preserved condition. Her braids were impeccably done. Her internal organs were found intact with blood still present in her heart and lungs and most of her skin and facial features remained unscathed. No special effort was made to preserve her, the cold and the dry clean air at the summit of the mountain did all the work.

Using hair samples collected after her death, researchers have been able to paint a graphic picture of what happened to her in the time leading up to her death. 

I found this story particularly fascinating. To know more, watch the video below.




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