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Copy of Juanita the Ice Maiden
Transcript of Copy of Juanita the Ice Maiden
Small tissue samples to find DNA
Sample of stomach contents Her amazing preservation was of such significance as it gave us insight into the Inca society from 500 years ago.
As her death occurred at such a young age we can see that young sacrifices were a huge importance to their culture. Significance of the Age of the Body Technology and Methods Used The Location The exhibition of
Juanita the Ice Maiden The Mummy Museum (Pronounced Wah-nee-tah) The Discovery Juanita was found by Johan Reinhard and Mickey Zarate, on Mount Ampato, Southern Peru. Condition The body was discovered in an extremely well preserved condition
The body had fallen from an Inca site on the summit of a volcano
The body had been frozen for over 500 years Objects and Artifacts Brightly coloured tapestry, wearing a red tunic.
The colour symbolised power
Colourful woolen alpaca shawl, which was fastened with a silver clasp.
Mountain shoes made of llama skin and alpaca wool. Clothes Objects Grave goods such as bowls, pins and figurines made of gold, silver and shell.
Pottery shards, bones from llamas and corn kernels. Age and Features of the Body Sacrificed at the approximate age of 11-15 years and died sometime between 1450 and 1480 AD.
Skin - beige, well-preserved
Stomach Contents - only vegetable contents.
Bones were in good condition and well developed. She had Healthy teeth.
However her skull was fractured.
DNA - revealed she was related to not only Native Americans but people from Taiwan and Korea. Significance of the condition and location of the body Her fractured skull and head trauma suggests that she was an offering to the gods.
Her excellent health indicates that she was precious sacrifice.
The location of where she was found indicates that she may of been an Inca Princess. Significance of the condition and location of the objects The fine quality of the textiles suggest Juanita came from a noble family.
The grave goods allow us to interpret Juanita's sacrifice as it leads to knowledge of the Inca's important beliefs.