Frozen Inca Mummy Goes On Display

Frozen Inca Mummy Goes On Display
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An archaeologist unwraps the frozen mummy of La Doncella on a mountain 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.

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