The Ice Maiden

The Ice Maiden

Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes

Book - 2005
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Johan Reinhard's discovery of the 500-year-old frozen body of an Inca girl made international headlines in 1995, reaching more than a billion people worldwide. One of the best-preserved mummies ever found, it was a stunning and significant time capsule, the spectacular climax to an Andean quest that yielded no fewer than ten ancient human sacrifices as well as the richest collection of Inca artifacts in archaeological history.

Here is the paperback edition of his first-person account, which The Washington Post called "incredible…compelling and often astonishing" and The Wall Street Journal described as "… part adventure story, part detective story, and part memoir--an engaging look at a rarefied world." It's a riveting combination of mountaineering adventure, archaeological triumph, academic intrigue, and scientific breakthrough which has produced important results ranging from the best-preserved DNA of its age to the first complete set of an Inca noblewoman's clothing.

At once a vivid personal story, a treasure trove of new insights on the lives and culture of the Inca, and a fascinating glimpse of cutting-edge research in fields as varied as biology, botany, pathology, ornithology and history, The Ice Maiden is as spellbinding and unforgettable as the long-dead but still vital young woman at its heart.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2005
ISBN: 9780792268383
0792268385
Characteristics: xiii, 384 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: National Geographic Society (U.S.)

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Jul 02, 2012

I remember the news items about these finds and it was fascinating to read about this mountaineer-archaeologist-anthropologist and his work. Indiana Jones eat your heart out! Learned so much about the Inca civilization and some modern issues in Peru. Great photos and maps.

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