A close look reveals the stunning preservation of La Doncella, the naturally mummified body of a teenage Inca girl on display in an Argentine museum.
The discovery of La Doncella and two other mummified children on a mountaintop in Argentina in 1999 revealed rich details of ancient Inca life, such as the girl's finely braided hair, said anthropologist Johan Reinhard, who co-led the expedition that made the find.
In this regard, La Doncella even rivals Reinhard's previous discovery: a frozen mummy dubbed the Ice Maiden that he and a colleague found on a Peruvian peak in 1995.
(See an interactive feature on the Inca mummies
"The discovery of the three mummies [in 1999]
was the highlight of my life, or certainly [of] my work in the Andes," Reinhard told National Geographic News in 2005.
"These mummies were far better preserved
than the Ice Maiden."
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