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This is a collection of resources related to investigating the ancient past and also the related research assignments.

Inca Ice Maiden (Juanita) - Well Preserved Mummy Ever : Facts Hunt. Image credits : James 'Inca Ice Maiden' or 'Mummy Juanita' is the best mummy recovered in the history of Mankind.

Inca Ice Maiden (Juanita) - Well Preserved Mummy Ever : Facts Hunt

This body was not mummified by any human civilization like the mummification by the Egyptians,. Instead, Mummy Juanita was naturally preserved in ice for over 500 years and has been the best - preserved mummy ever. Mummy Juanita, who was about 12 to 15 years old was sacrificed as an offering to the Inca gods. She was killed due to brain hemorrhage while sacrificing her by hitting her head with a massive baseball bat like object.

As you can see in the above picture, her body is covered with clothing and accessories as she was sacrificed. Also read : Hoba Meteorite - A meteorite with no crater Why is it considered as a 'Well Preserved Mummy Ever'? The body was so well- preserved that the food which she ate before sacrifice was inside her stomach still under digestion process. On display since, 1996. Also read : Charlie Chaplin's astounding facts. Juanita the Ice Maiden: Featured Mummies Around the World @ Mummy Tombs by James M Deem. Inca Ice Maiden Note: I am indebted to Johan Reinhard, anthropologist and author for his guidance in revising this page.

Juanita the Ice Maiden: Featured Mummies Around the World @ Mummy Tombs by James M Deem

Juanita (also known as "The Ice Maiden") was discovered on the top of Mount Ampato near Arequipa, Peru, on September 8, 1995 by Johan Reinhard and his assistant, Miguel Zarate. She was 12 to 14 years old when she was sacrificed and is believed to have died about 500 years ago. Hatshepsut. Short Biography, Information & Facts about Queen Hatshepsut, the famous pharaoh and queen of Egypt Biography, Facts and information about the life of a PharaohThe term pharaoh was the title of an ancient Egyptian king who was considered to be a living god and worshipped as a deity.


'How I found Queen Hatshepsut' As the only female pharaoh from Egypt's golden age, was the first king to build a tomb in the Valley of the Kings and her mortuary temple at Deir el Bahri is a masterpiece of ancient Egyptian architecture, known as Djeser-Djeseru, "Wonder of Wonders.

'How I found Queen Hatshepsut'

" Though her power stretched across Egypt, Hatshepsut's legacy was erased when records were destroyed and her monuments torn down. Though the location of Hatshepsut's tomb is known to be one called KV20, where her sarcophagus was found inside along with her father's, her mummy was missing. Tooth solves Hatshepsut mummy mystery. Archaeologists today used a missing tooth to positively identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt's greatest woman pharaoh who reigned more than 3,000 years ago.

Tooth solves Hatshepsut mummy mystery

Zahi Hawass, Egypt's foremost archaeologist who led the research, said: "This is the most important discovery in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun, and one of the greatest adventures of my life. " Hatshepsut ruled over Egypt, the most advanced civilisation in the world, for about 15 years (1473-58BC) and was only the second woman known to have assumed the throne. She was the daughter of Tuthmosis I and married her half-brother Tuthmosis II. Siberian Ice Maiden. Corpse of the Siberian Ice Maiden The Siberian Ice Maiden, also known as the Princess of Ukok (Russian: Принце́сса Уко́ка), the Altai Princess (Russian: Алтайская принцесса), Devochka and Ochy-bala (Russian: Очы-бала, the heroine of the Altaic epic), is a mummy of a woman from the 5th century BC, found in 1993 in a kurgan of the Pazyryk culture in Republic of Altai, Russia.

Siberian Ice Maiden

It was among the most significant Russian archaeological findings of the late 20th century. In 2012 she was moved to a special mausoleum at the Republican National Museum in Gorno-Altaisk. Introduction[edit] Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden. PBS Airdate: November 24, 1998Go to the companion Web site NARRATOR: Tonight on NOVA, sacrificial horses guard her tomb.

Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden

Gold and silk adorn her body. For 24 centuries, she was frozen in time. Was she a priestess? A warrior chief? SPONSOR: Major funding for NOVA is provided by the Park Foundation, dedicated to education and quality television. Tollund man. The Tollund man lived about 2,000 years ago and was buried in a peat bog on the JutlandPeninsula in Denmark, a find known as a bog body.

Tollund man

He is remarkable for the fact that his body was so well preserved, he seemed to have recently died. On May 8 1950 brothers Emil and Viggo were cutting peat for their tile stove and the kitchen range in the Tollund peat bog, 10 km west of Silkeborg, Denmark. As the two brothers worked, they suddenly saw in the peat layer a face so fresh that they could only suppose that they had stumbled on a recent murder. They immediately notified the police at Silkeborg.

The Tollund Man lay 50 meters away from firm ground and had been covered by about 2 meters of peat, now removed. Underneath the body was a thin layer of moss. Examinations and X-rays showed that the man's head was undamaged, and his heart, lungs and liver were well preserved. The stomach and intestines were examined and tests were carried out on their contents. Tollundmanden, Museum Silkeborg - Welcome to the story about Tollund Man. Tollund Man: Bog Bodies @ Mummy Tombs. Background information On the afternoon of May 6, 1950, two brothers were working in the Bjaeldskov bog, an area about 6 miles west of the Danish town of Silkeborg.

Tollund Man: Bog Bodies @ Mummy Tombs

They had already planted their spring crops on their nearby farms and were taking time that afternoon to cut some peat to use for heating their houses and cooking their meals. The Tollund Man - A Face from Prehistoric Denmark. Entombed in Style: Lady Dai. The lavish afterlife of a Chinese noblewoman Dig deep holes, store grain, do not seek hegemony.

Entombed in Style: Lady Dai

In the early 1970s, Mao Zedong's latest propagandistic slogan, which encouraged people to build bomb shelters for fear of an impending attack by an unspecified "capitalist" nation, resonated throughout China. In Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, in the southern part of the country, a local hospital was simply following these directions. In late 1971, workers began burrowing into the side of Mawangdui, a hill on the hospital's property that seemed like an ideal place for a shelter. When they had tunneled through almost 100 feet of dirt, however, they began to notice that the soil was crumbling, so they stopped for a cigarette break.

As they lit up, air seeping out from the hill's dank belly caused the tiny sparks from their matches to burst into frightening blue flames. Wooden figurines represent musicians who played for Lady Dai. Chinese Lady Dai leaves Egyptian mummies for dead. Chinese Lady Dai leaves Egyptian mummies for dead By Yu Chunhong ( Updated: 2004-08-25 08:59. Lady Dai - Home. PBS NOVA Iceman Reborn.

OTZI, THE ICEMAN. One image of Otzi The Iceman is the name given to the mummified body of a was found in near a glacier near the border of Italy and Austria. He is the best-preserved prehistoric man ever discovered with his own equipment and clothing. Most ancient human remains are found in burial chambers with carefully selected objected rather than what they use in everyday life. In Europe he is called Ötzi (rhymes with Tootsie) after the Ötzal Alps where he was found. [Source: Stephen Hall, National Geographic, July 2007; Bob Cullem Smithsonian, February 2003; David Roberts, National Geographic, June 1993 ] The Iceman lived in 3300 B.C., according to radiocarbon dating, which places him in between Copper and Bronze Age, when metals were first regularly used for tools and weapons.

Ötzi the Iceman, Museum of Archaeology Bolzano.