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High-altitude mummy looting: the Cerro El Plomo child
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The first high-altitude frozen mummy found in Chile was located and then hidden by looters who eventually sold it to the government. Inka Frozen Mummies During the Inka Empire (1438–1533), individuals (usually children) were brought to remote high-altitude locations and ritually sacrificed. Because of the extreme cold, their bodies were unintentionally mummified, preserving their skin, hair, soft tissue, clothing, and the ritual objects associated with them. The bodies are linked to ‘capacocha‘, or human sacrifice as an offering associated with fertility (Reinhard and Ceruti 2010:………. Read More


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Gangkhar Puensum, is the highest mountain in Bhutan and a strong candidate for the highest unclimbed mountain in the world with an elevation of 7,570 metres and a prominence of 2,995 metres.

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