Known as La Doncella, the mummy sits literally frozen in

7/25/2021, 7:47:48 AM
Known as La Doncella, the mummy sits literally frozen in sleep. The mummy of an ancient Inca girl sits literally frozen in sleep at a museum in Argentina. The mummy, called La Doncella or The Maiden, is that of a teenage girl who died more than 500 years ago in a ritual sacrifice in the Andes Mountains. The girl and two other children were left on a mountaintop to succumb to the cold as offerings to the gods, according to the archaeologists who found the mummified remains in Argentina in 1999. La Doncella was found dressed in a ceremonial tunic and adorned with a headpiece, tokens of her new status as a messenger to the heavens. The girl had also drunk corn liquor, likely to put her to sleep, scientists say, and her mouth still held fragments of coca leaves, which the Inca chewed to lessen the effects of altitude sickness. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard, who co-led the expedition, described the discovery at the time as "the best preserved of any mummy I've seen." (National Geographic News is a division of the National Geographic Society.) Credits: National Geographic You can also follow me at @collectivespark #historic #history #architecture #historical #travel #photography #mummy #mummified #weekend #travelphotography #vintage #photooftheday #nature #historicpreservation #heritage #worldwar #architecturephotography #old #instagood #historynerd #ig #travelgram #building #explore #landscape #historylovers #india #beautiful #love #sunday

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