| The Crystal Maiden |
|Date(s)||between 700 and 900|
|Site||Actun Tunichil Muknal|
|Location||Actun Tunichil Muknal|
The body has lain for at least the last 1,100 years, and the bones have been completely calcified, giving them a sparkling, slightly plump look and inspiring the name “The Crystal Maiden.”
Two of her vertebra are crushed.
There is now some doubt as the the gender of the 'Maiden' it was recently put forward that the body was that of a teen-aged boy rather than a girl.
The cave holds skeletons of ritual sacrifices made by the Maya to their gods, the skeletons range in age from one year old to adult. Almost all were killed by blunt trauma to the head.
National Geographic listed Actun Tunichil Muknal at the top of their list of Top 10 sacred caves.