Paracas Mummy
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age teen
Sex m
Culture Paracas (pre-Columbian)
Date(s) 800 B.C. to 100 B.C
Site Peru
Current Location
Location Everhart Museum Scranton PA
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In 1923, a Scranton, PA dentist, Dr. G. E. Hill, donated the mummy to the museum; Hill had received the mummy from his father, who brought it from Peru when he returned after working on the railroad there. The mummy was identified as belonging to the Paracas culture, which flourished from 800 B.C. to 100 B.C.


Because in some of the bones, the growth plates weren't fused, they estimated the age to be in the late teens.

Several toes were missing, it's possible that the youth lost his toes to frostbite or infection, or the toes may have broken off after mummification. Otherwise there were no signs of trauma or healed fractures.

Radiologists did detect abnormal calcium deposits in the spine. He likely suffered from a metabolic disorder such as pseudogout (a type of arthritis) or hypoparathyroidism (reduced production of parathyroid hormone).

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