Inca Ice Maiden (Juanita) - Well Preserved Mummy Ever

Mummy Juanita preserved in a museum
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'Inca Ice Maiden' or 'Mummy Juanita' is the best mummy recovered in the history of Mankind. This body was not mummified by any human civilization like the mummification by the Egyptians,. Instead, Mummy Juanita was naturally preserved in ice for over 500 years and has been the best - preserved mummy ever.

 How did Mummy Juanita die?


Mummy Juanita, who was about 12 to 15 years old was sacrificed as an offering to the Inca gods. She was killed due to brain hemorrhage while sacrificing her by hitting her head with a massive baseball bat like object.

As you can see in the above picture, her body is covered with clothing and accessories as she was sacrificed. Experts estimated this event to have happened between 1450 and 1480 A.D. She was found in 1995 in the mount Ampato, Andes range, south Peru and caused a revolution in the modern day archaeology.

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Why is it considered as a 'Well Preserved Mummy Ever'?


  • The body was so well- preserved that the food which she ate before sacrifice was inside her stomach still under digestion process. 
  • The skin, hair, blood and even internal organs have been frozen due to the climatic conditions of the mountain. Thus, preserving with only 5 hours of decayed body. 
  • Unlike Egyptian mummies, whose internal organs are removed and preserved in separate jars besides them, mummy Juanita was naturally preserved rendering the flesh and tissues to be examined by Experts like no-other mummy till date. 

She was dressed in the 'finest garments' of that time along with a cap made from the feathers of the red Macaw and also wore a colorful woolen shawl. Experts suggested that she came from a Nobel family by taking into consideration the above ornaments. Till today she has been preserved in Catholic University's Museum of Andean Sanctuaries, Peru. 

On display since, 1996. Many T.V channels have made documentary and broadcasted it from time to time. Constant exposures have made this Mummy to attract tourists in millions each year.

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