Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peru Archaeology Vacation - Juanita Mummy, Arequipa - Peru

The depository for the preservation and exhibition of objects and mummies found atop the volcanoes that surround the city.These mummies were offered to Apu deities as an appeal for bountiful seasonal harvests and to prevent volcanic eruptions.

Most of those ritually sacrificed were children and adolescents.The most famous of the mummies is the Lady of Ampato, a girl who was between 12 and 14 years old, found buried in the ice atop Mount Ampato.Also known as the Ice Queen or Juanita, mummy died sometime between 1440 and 1450.

She was found in 1995 by anthropologist Johan Reinhard and his Peruvian climbing partner Miguel Zarate.Remarkably well-preserved after 500 years, Juanita was subject to biological tests on her lungs, liver, and muscle tissue.

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