Inca mummy research, Peru

Inca mummy research, Peru

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Caption: Inca mummy research. Researcher cleaning an Inca mummy. Mummification is a process where tissues are preserved after death by extreme dessication in a dry climate. Parchment-like skin is seen covering the bones. Here, the hair is particularly well preserved. This female Inca mummy, nicknamed "La Senorita", who was buried with her child (lower left), was excavated from a large Inca cemetery called Puruchuco-Huaquerones, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The site has been excavated several times since 1999, with many well-preserved mummies being found. The Inca, a pre-Hispanic people from Peru, ruled an extensive empire in the Andean regions of northern South America in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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