Salta, Argentina - Buried within the peaks of South American moutains, researchers discovered the nearly perfect preserved remains of three Incan children. Sources indicate the names: The Maiden, The Boy and The Girl of Lightning. These remains were found in a cold and desolate summit of Mount Llullaillaco, the frigid isolation leaving remains so untouched by animals, bacteria and other humans that instead of looking like mummies, the remains look nearly alive.
Scientists examine the hair of a 15-year-old Incan girl whose nearly perfectly preserved body was discovered on the summits of Mount Llullaillaco.
Archaeologists speculate that the three children were part of an Incan religious sacrifice, explaining why their bodies do not have organs removed, to the point that even blood is still present within their hearts, vessels, lungs and organs. Those researching the site speculate that the children were huddled, either experiencing hypothermia or near-sleep as they froze to death and were left to time.
Fascinating display of 15-year-old Incan girl found in the summits of Mount Llullaillaco. Frozen in a climate of dry air, the remains of this young woman feature nearly perfectly preserved clothing and artifacts, giving us a deeper look into the Incan culture.
Reaching over 22,000 feet, Mount Llullaillaco is part of a volcanous region of heights between Chile and Argentina.
Unearthed from an untimely and lonely tomb the product of religious sacrifice, La Doncella — the fifteen-year-old Incan girl mummy — now sits in a museum in La Salta, Argentina, where people can come to observe and see first-hand the history of the people in the region.
Found at the burial site were artifacts common to Incans of the time.