Inca Maiden Unearthed: Frozen for 500 Years

This 15-year-old Inca girl “Llullaillaco Maiden” was sacrificed along with two other children on top of Mt. Llullaillco, in northern Argentina, at 22,000 feet. She was unearthed in 1999 after being frozen for over 500 years, perfectly in tact. Her organs, blood, hair, and facial expressions remain, making her the best preserved mummy on record.

One of the children, a 6-year-old girl, had been struck by lightning sometime after she died, resulting in burns on her face, upper body and clothing. She and the boy, who was 7, had slightly elongated skulls.

The maiden in the photo is now safely kept at the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology in an acrylic container for viewing, set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for preservation. The younger boy and girl are not yet on display but after testing DNA samples the scientists found that the three children whom were sacrificed to the Gods, are not related