The 1500AD 'Llullaillaco Children'

The 1500AD 'Llullaillaco Children'

Salta’s best museum is a must for anyone interested in Incan culture, and has one of Argentina’s unmissable ‘artefacts’ in the Llullaillaco Children. Three amazingly well-preserved corpses are kept at the museum – children who lived around 1500AD and who were found in 1999 at 6,700 metres up, atop Volcán Llullaillaco. The remains for the 6-year-old girl, visibly struck by lightning, 7-year-old boy, and teenage girl, her face painted with a red pigment, were all naturally mummified at high altitude, and looking into their faces, expressions still visible, is an extraordinarily powerful moment, and a uniquely crystalline glimpse into an ancient culture. To display or not to display? Have the bodies been treated with the dignity they deserve? The museum will have you debating with your fellow travellers long into the night.

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