Radiologists and pathologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, examined the ice maiden during the summer of 1996. A traditional autopsy would have destroyed the frozen remains, so the doctors relied on computed tomography (CT) scans—three-dimensional x-rays—as well as several small tissue samples. The resulting virtual autopsy of this extraordinary body offers clues to the girl’s health, last hours, and death.

The ice maiden is currently at Catholic University of Arequipa, where studies continue under the direction of professor José Antonio Chávez, Reinhard’s colleague and co-director of the High Altitude Sanctuaries of the Andes Project.

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