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Discovering The Inca Ice Maiden

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  6 reviews
-- The author's study of ceremonial sites in the Andes mountains led to his amazing discovery of a mummified Inca maiden who died five centuries ago on the summit of Ampato, a 20,700-foot-high volcano in PeruWhen Johan Reinhard and his climbing partner first saw the mummy from a distance, they thought it surely must be a hiker's backpack or other object. Much to their shoc ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Sherry (sethurner)
Here is another book I found to read in preparation for an upcoming trip to Peru. The author is a mountain climber explorer who discovered the frozen mummy of a 14-year-old girl, and carried back to be studied at a university. The story is fascinating, and it is illustrated with beautiful photos. The book is designed for young readers, but it told me everything I needed to know.
Beverley Kaye
I have read the full story, "Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes" by Johan Reinhard,but also enjoyed the short version presented in this book. Found in the "Juvenile” section of the library, it had just the amount of information that I needed to appreciate the discovery and the photos are beautiful.
Only a few mummies have ever been discovered in South America. This is a photographic journal you get to travel with the man who accidentally discovered the mummified remains of a young woman who was sacrificed to the gods on the top of an old volcano. Some of the scientific discoveries gained from this find are explained.
Aug 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Maya Stanfield-Mazzi
A great book for specialists and those just interested in South America or archaeology on a more general level. While I would love to partake in "extreme archaeology" Aaron has vetoed this idea as too dangerous. Probably a good idea, but Reinhard makes it sounds so appealing, and dangerous too.
Melissa Dally
Well, despite this turning out to be a children's book, it's a really good introduction to how the ice maiden was discovered and there are some great pictures.
Very short and wonderful story of the discovery of a 14 year Inca maiden who was sacrificed 500 years ago. I want to read the longer version.
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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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