highaltitude

Guanella Sky by wishiwsthr http://ift.tt/1mbs6zL and I went up to the top of Guanella Pass in the early hours of the morning in late May. There was still plenty of snow at this altitude of over 11,000 ft., and the sky did not disappoint as we pointed our cameras at 14,000 ft Mt Bierstadt. The light pollution is from Denver, CO | http://flic.kr/p/o6sP2a

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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