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This mummy sits here like this on the open air some centuries or even thousand years.

In Peru and Bolivia you can see a lot of dead bodies I mean mummies. Maybe it is because of the climate. In Nazca plateau it is very dry, never rains and probably there are no winds. The graves are quite opened and there are no guardians. A driver who took us there wanted to sell me some items, hundreds years old. Was very surprised I did not want to buy. The most impressive is Juanita from Arequipa - the girl found in snow on Ampato Mountain, who is 500 years old and looks as if she died some days ago ..

For many years Chauchilla cemetery was looted by treasure hunters, who destroyed the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. Grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, visitors also can see several tombs centuries’ old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the dessert surface. It is the only archaeological site in Peru, in which ancient mummies are seen in their original graves, along with ancient artifacts, dating back to 1000 AD.

Old scanned photo.

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