Plomo Mummy

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The replica of the Plomo Mummy on display at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Santiago, Chile.
The Enterratorio where the mummy was found, at the secondary summit of El Plomo, 10 m left of the frozen lake. (Altitude 5400 m)
The Adoratorio near the site where the mummy was found. (Altitude 5200 m)

The Plomo Mummy (also known as Boy of El Plomo, El Plomo Mummy, or La Momia del Cerro El Plomo in Spanish) is the well preserved remains of an Incan child found on Cerro El Plomo near Santiago, Chile in 1954.[1] It was the first frozen mummy discovery of high-altitude human sacrifice by the Incas,[2] a practice called qhapaq hucha.

The mummy is curated by the National Museum of Natural History in Santiago, Chile and it has a replica of the mummy on public display.

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  1. ^ Tierney, Patrick (1990). The highest altar : unveiling the mystery of human sacrifice. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0140139747. 
  2. ^ Clark, Liesl (November 24, 1998). "Ice Mummies of the Inca". Retrieved 24 July 2012. The first frozen high mountain Inca human sacrifice was found atop a peak in Chile in 1954. 

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