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The Nazca Mummy
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BiographyEdit

Mummies of Chauchilla Cemetery in Peru are the mummified bodies of ancient pre-hispanic Nazca people.Their bodies have been preserved because of the dry climate of the Nazca valley.  Archaeologists have dated these grave sites to somewhere around 1000 AD, and it’s believed the burials occurred here over the course of 600 years.

MummificationEdit

The mummies of Chauchilla in Peru were placed in a sitting position after death, facing towards the rising sun.Due to the arid desert environment surrounding them and a couple of procedures carried out during burial. The skin of the corpses were coated with a resin, which kept insects away and slowed down the effects of bacteria. They were also wrapped in cotton, which provided further protection from the forces of decay.

StudiesEdit

The nearby site of Estaquería may provide clues to the preservation of the several bodies in these cemeteries. Archeologists found wooden pillars initially thought to have been used for astronomical sightings. It is belived the posts were used to dry bodies in a mummification process.This helped the high degree of preservation seen in thousand-year-old bodies which still have hair and the remains of soft tissue, such as skin.

ReferencesEdit

13 Creepiest Mummies on Earth - Page 7 of 16. (2014, March 20). Retrieved March 19, 2017, from http://scribol.com/anthropology-and-history/archaelogy/13-creepiest-mummies-on-earth/7/

S. (2015, March 10). Peru’s Necropolis: Chauchilla Cemetery. Retrieved March 19, 2017, from https://strangeremains.com/2013/09/18/chauchilla-cemetery/

Heaney, C. (2015, August 28). The Fascinating Afterlife of Peru’s Mummies. Retrieved March 19, 2017, from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fascinating-afterlife-perus-mummies-180956319/

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