Image Credit: Pedro Groover

In Salta, Argentina, the mummified remains of three sacrificed Inca youths are on display at the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (MAAM).

The so-called “Children of Salta” were discovered on Mount Llullaillaco, a volcano along Argentina’s border with Chile, in 1999 by American archaeologist Johan Reinhard. The constant below-freezing temperatures on Llullaillaco’s summit caused the bodies of the two girls and one boy to freeze solid mere hours after their death, arresting decomposition. In spite of approximately five centuries spent on the summit, the remains bear an arresting likeness to the children in life.

The oldest of the children…

Frances Wallace

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