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Peruvian Girl
Human Mummy
Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age Estimated 6-8 years
Sex Female
Status Unknown
Height Unknown, discovered in a crouched position
Source
Culture Inca Empire of Peru
Date(s) Nearly 2000 years old
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History and Science, Texas, USA
Catalog # Unknown

Not much is known about the life of this child but the mummy was originally exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It was then brought over to the Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History and Science by the museums first director, Aalbert Heine. The mummy was on display from 1957 till the 1980s after which it was then taken off and placed in storage. In September of 2017 the mummy was taken out for X-ray analysis in hopes of discovering more about it and its country of origin.

Mummification

The mummy lies in a crouched position and has been wrapped in woven rope similar to that of basket weaving. It has one foot protruding from the woven rope wrapped around it.

Studies

No record of the mummy exists at the Natural History Museum in New York City but the Corpus Christi Museum believes it is a female child from Peru between the ages of 6 to 8 years of age.

In September 2017, the mummy was analysed with x-rays by the radiology department of Driscoll Children's Hospital in Texas. The museums employees, holding anthropological educational backgrounds hope the results will allow them to verify the Peruvian origins of the mummy in hopes of returning it to Peru.

References

Garcia, J. (2017, September 18). Corpus Christi museum works to repatriate 2,000-year-old mummy in its storage. Retrieved November 14, 2017, from http://www.caller.com/story/news/local/2017/09/18/corpus-christi-museum-works-repatriate-2-000-year-old-mummy-its-storage/672373001/

Karasavvas, T. (n.d.). Peruvian Mummy Taken to Children's Hospital for Revealing X-rays. Retrieved November 14, 2017, from http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/peruvian-mummy-taken-children-s-hospital-revealing-x-rays-008825

X-Rays reveal secrets about ancient Peruvian mummy's history. (2017, September 18). Retrieved November 14, 2017, from https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.ca/2017/09/x-rays-reveal-secrets-about-ancient.html#3UHaGDe5R9RfUaYF.97

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