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Inca mummy, Peru

Inca mummy, Peru

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PASQUALE SORRENTINO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASQUALE SORRENTINO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

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 skull. Here, the hair is particularly well preserved. This female Inca mummy, nicknamed "La Senorita", was excavated from Puruchuco-Huaquerones, a large Inca cemetery 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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