Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World

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Inca Culture

A 500-year-old figurine, found buried with an Inca mummy, harks back to a time when the Inca Empire stretched from Colombia to central Chile and ruled more than 12 million people.

Rich in colorful textiles and well-ordered cities and marked by occasional human sacrifices and mummifications, the empire was conquered by the Spanish in 1532 but retains its hold on the human imagination.

Photograph by Maria Stenzel

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