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Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes

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Johan Reinhard's discovery of the 500-year-old frozen body of an Inca girl made international headlines in 1995, reaching more than a billion people worldwide. One of the best-preserved mummies ever found, it was a stunning and significant time capsule, the spectacular climax to an Andean quest that yielded no fewer than ten ancient human sacrifices as well as the richest ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 20th 2006 by National Geographic (first published 2005)
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There were things I enjoyed about this book; however, I felt that not enough attention and detail were paid to describing the wondrous finds of Inca mummies. The discoveries seemed to get pushed to the wayside as Reinhard embarked on paragraph upon paragraph of self-absorbed prose, promulgating his many achievements, hardships, accolades, and "brilliant ideas." He attempted to wedge into this text as many important names and contacts as humanly possible, stressing his ties with those people and ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Zazzu rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Not a bad read. Learning about the challenges of high-altitude archaeology was interesting as are the mummies themselves. It's sad that these finds can't be left in situ because of looters....really looters...dynamite?

I realize the politics of who gets these mummies and the politics of handling them is part of the story, but that part was far less interesting to me. I was disappointed that a fuller study of the mummies, their textiles and items wasn't in the book...what there is was amazing....
I started this book and also read the abbreviated National Geographic photo version. It was so good that I decided to read the full, academic version. But I left for Peru before I could finish. More later.

I am about halfway through and it is excellent. He just explained his background and how he became an ethno-archaeologist. He's also an avid mountaineer, scuba diver and adventurer. Nice combination of skills. Clear writing, vivid stories of various discoveries of mummified Inca sacrifices on t
The first half of the book is intriguing and moves quickly as Reinhard and team make the initial discovery. You get a sense of the difficulty of mountain archeology. The writing about mountaineering is interesting as is the history of the Incas. The sharing of the discovery is equally interesting. Sorry to say, The second gets a bit repetitive as he finds more figurines, mummies and Inca jewelry with no seeming pattern other than "rescuing" them.
Beverley Kaye
This book details some of the finds made by Mr Reinhard in the Andes. It starts with the finding of Juanita, the Ice Maiden, but goes on describe other trips into Peru and some of the discoveries in Argentina. Not only are there details of the finds themselves but also of the planning and implementing of an expedition. The inherent dangers of mountain climbing combined with archeology make compelling reading. After descending there are still the challenges of preservation and display of such del ...more
A fun book to read, full of information about high-altitude archeology and adventure. A good primer for someone interested in Inka culture. Excellent read for the younger crowd as well.
The author also describes in detail the process of finding funding for expeditions and the politics of caring for precious artifacts, while dispelling common assumptions about the financial rewards involved.
David Srenson
My interest in the subject matter peaked when I got to know the author during a 24 day trip in late 2007. He is a didicated, fun, kind of quiet person who makes high-altitude archaeology interesting. It also helped to spend some time traveling in Peru.
This book was recommended to me by our fantastic tour guide, Vidal from Adios Adventure Travel, during my trip to Peru. I am glad he did because it was a fascinating book with a lot of scientific information along with a very personal story.
This book started out interesting, but quickly became boring with a multitude of relatively insignificant details. I lost interest and never finished reading it.
I read this book for a paper I wrote on Peruvian Mummies when I was an undergraduate. It is an excellent read.
Becky Anne
Loved this book, especially interesting after seeing the ice maiden in Arequipa.
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Johan Reinhard received his Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Vienna, and has conducted anthropological research in the Andes for more than 20 years.

In addition to being a National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, he is the author of over seventy publications and is a member of several organizations, including the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeolog
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