Inca Mummies Secrets of a Lost World
Buried beneath a Peruvian shantytown, hundreds of Inca mummies were nearly lost to bulldozers and development. Now, as researchers unwrap the mummies from their bundles--layer by layer, artifact by artifact--a rare picture of an ancient world unfolds.
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