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A mummified body found in the mountains helped researchers prepare for “infectious diseases”

A perfectly mummified body of a young girl was discovered in the mountains at the border of Argentina and Chile back in 1999. The young girl has been sacrificed by her people to their Incan gods and was left to die in the cold after being drugged with coca and beer.

photo source:: Siptalk
photo source:: Siptalk

“The Maiden” is considered to be one of the best-preserved mummies in the world. All of the girl’s organs were intact and they even found blood inside her heart and lungs despite five decades of being dead on top of the cold mountain.

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photo source:: Siptalk

The young girl’s hair strand opened the way for us to know how she died. This strand revealed that in order to sedate her, the people gave her large amounts of chicha beer and coca leaves, the primary product used to create the modern drug cocaine. As she nears her death, the level of these sedatives was increased.

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photo source:: Siptalk

But a research team from John Jay College of Criminal Justice discovered another great use for “The Maiden.” They used a technique called proteomics to profile the mummy’s immune system and they saw that she suffered from a bacterial infection.

photo source:: Siptalk
photo source:: Siptalk

This knowledge could be used to help doctors or medical practitioners find out more about “infectious diseases and their patterns” so they can prepare for outbreaks in the future. Who knew that this gruesome ritual can offer such great insight especially since it didn’t call for extensive and exhaustive preparations.

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“The Maiden” and two other mummified bodies are placed on an exhibit at the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology which was created to specifically showcase the preserved bodies.

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photo source: Dailymail
photo source: Dailymail

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What do you think of this ritual that sacrificed such a young girl to their gods? Are you impressed by how the mummy was preserved? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!

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