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Inca Mummies REVEALED, including how and where Incan mummies have been found and the Inca ice mummy tombs.
Why did they die? How were they preserved? NEW recent finds.
Caused Inca Mummies and the Inca Ice Maiden?
mummy tombs in various parts of the world, a mummy is a dead body whose
skin and organs have been preserved either by natural or man-made
In other words, it could have been preserved on purpose or just because
of the conditions where the person died.
- The artificial mummification process
is still not known completely,
meaning if the body was mummified by being treated or
- Natural mummification would be due to windy, dry mountain air, desert air, and/or freezing temperatures.
An example of a natural process would be the case of the Juanita, the Inca
Ice Maiden, a body found mummified in the frozen mountains of
As many archeological digs have shown, bodies that have been mummified
can last for many years or centuries.
of the Inca & Other Mummies of Peru
Incan mummies date back to 1438 to 1532 during the reign of the Inca
(man made) and natural
mummies have been found from that
Types of Mummy Tombs
There are three very basic types of mummies found in Peru. First is the
logical division between the rich and slave classes, but what we might
term a third class also exists:
- Mummies of a ruler, which is
usually a king or
prince, was one class.
- The second type was mummies of people that
- The third type of mummies were from the
Peruvian mummy from Nazca, Peru By Brian Snelson
Tombs of the Ruling Class?
When a ruler died, he supposedly would be dressed in fine royal
clothing with gold and silver on his chest, mouth, and hands.
He actually would be positioned
on a throne with his knees up to his chest and his arms across his
It is interesting that, to this day, a lot of the resting places of
Inca rulers have not been found. Their tombs were presumably in Cuzco,
Apparently, during their search for
gold, the Spanish
conquerors robbed these tombs
and ordered the bodies of the rulers to be destroyed and
Was this to cover up their grave robbing? Who knows. But in any case, the traces of the history of many known rulers have been erased from the archeological records.
Mummy Tombs of the Lower Classes?
The mummies of sacrifices of people of the lower castes are usually found in Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
Children that were sacrificed used the natural mummification process. Juanita, the Ice Maiden is an awesome example.
Discoveries of Inca Mummies in Modern Times
the Inca Ice Maiden
1995 on top of Mount Ampato close to Arequipa, Peru, a
twelve-to-fourteen year old girl was found who had been hidden in the
snow for five hundred
knew she had been sacrificed rather than died a natural death because
two other bodies were next to hers along with offerings to the gods.
Juanita, the Inca Ice Maiden, is the best preserved mummy found to date.
Unfortunately, Juanita's mummy may be lost after lasting for so many
Due to the extensive testing of researchers,
the passage of time, and the stress of the mummy being
taken from country to country, Juanita has started to deteriorate no
matter how much advanced technology is being applied to preserve her.
Fascinating Discoveries of Other Well-Preserved Inca Mummies
Other Inca mummies found recently here in Peru have been also in great
physical shape with little deterioration.
even have their internal organs along with well preserved burial items.
The manner of burial and the accompanying relics help to explain the
religious beliefs, cultures, and traditions
of the area in which they
have been found.
Cloud People - Peruvian Mummy Tombs
There is one other interesting class of mummies, the Cloud People in
They were first brought to light in 1996 from mummy tombs that were
nearly five hundred years old.
Why were they termed the "cloud people mummies"? The reason they received
their name was because the discovery was made in a cloud-covered forest
in the Peruvian Andes.
What is Known about These Mummies?
Because of vandals from years ago, some of the wrappings destroyed
parts of the body and wrappings.
The mummification process was not known. The internal organs were
removed and the skin was embalmed and they chose one of the driest places in
the jungle to preserve the bodies.
As you can see,
rather than just Inca mummies or some isolated cases of frozen bodies, Peruvian
mummy tombs were found in several different cultures under different
environments in different time periods.