Image: Peruvian mummy CT scan

Peruvian mummy CT scan

A composite Computed Tomography scan of a Peruvian mummy.

Estelle Lazer
© Estelle Lazer


The earliest evidence for mummification in the central Andean region of South America (parts of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador) dates back 9000 years. However, the origins of mummification are unclear. Most of the mummies found to date are naturally mummified but this region is also home to the oldest deliberately preserved mummies in the world - the Chinchorro mummies of northern Chile which date back about 7000 years ago.

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Tags Death Online, disposing of the dead, preservation, mummification, mummies, Peruvian, ancient, cat scan,

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wrightmad - 4.07 PM, 27 July 2010
very not good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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