One of the most powerful things I have ever seen. A 7 year old boy, 500 years dead, perfectly preserved at the summit of a mountain in Salta, Argentina, 22,000 feet in the air. The Inca nobility brought him and two young girls to the top of this mountain, drugged them with alcohol and coca leaves until they were asleep, and buried them alive in the snow. Based on analyzing their hair, scientists can tell that they were very well fed and groomed for the full year before death. Meaning this little boy was chosen from the noble children long before he was led by caravan to the top of this mountain. He was buried completely surrounded by toys, miniature men, golden llamas and beautiful fabric and feathers. No signs of violence, struggle or trauma. He just fell asleep and joined the Gods. They believed the higher they were, the closer they were to heaven. He is so perfectly preserved that he looked as if he would wake up at any moment. His tiny hand exposed and curled into a limp fist.
To see him, sleeping in the museum, as tiny as a backpack, is a powerful moment of time travel.
Scientists discovered ruins in these mountains decades ago, and a team from @natgeo thought there may be more to discover. They were hiking and digging and in 1999 they found three perfectly preserved children sleeping in the snow. They looked so fresh they wondered if they had only just died. But for 500 years, through colonization and the birth of the United States and wars and hundreds of summers and winters, there they were, waiting to tell their story. #oregontopatagonia #salta #argentina
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