Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World

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Mummy Bundles

Whole families may have been interred in one mummy bundle. In Tupac Amaru, Peru, up to seven bodies have been found in a single bundle.

Personal effects such as pottery, food, and clothing were usually wrapped with the bodies. Other objects revealed the deceased’s social status. A feathered headdress, for example, might accompany a member of the upper class, and a powerful warrior might be buried with a mace.


Photograph by Margaret Sidlosky

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