35 years, Russia
In 1999, three children mummified bodies were found on the summit of the Llullaillaco volcano, in the West Cordillera of the Andes, between the border of Chile and Argentina: one 4 to 5 years old boy and two girls, each 5 and 13 years old.
Johan Reinhard, a hero of archeology, dedicated 20 years to the excavations in the Andes and found more than 20 mummies. In 1999, he set out to carry out archaeological research on the top of the volcano Llullaillaco.
These children were members of the Inca civilization and, unfortunately, were victims of the capaccio (Capacocha) ritual.
The 13-year-old sacrificed girl became the main object of research. She was found dressed, sitting with crossed legs and arms. Her head is tilted, the eyes closed and there is no sign of fear on her face. Moreover, many manage to see a smile on her face. The child was very calm, despite the fact that she was doomed to death. This can be explained by the condition of her hair. After conducting their analysis, scientists found out that about a year before the sacrifice, the girl was spiked with coca leaves and watered with alcohol. Leaves of coca are preserved even in the mouth of the mummy.
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