first would extract the brains and organs, then reconstruct the body with fiber, fill the skull cavity with straw or ash, and use reeds to sew it back together, connecting jaw to cranium.
According to Down to Earth magazine, archaeologist Bernardo Arriaza, who studies the Chinchorro at the University of Tarapaca in Arica, said that unlike the Egyptians who hid the dead, the Chilean community embraced them.
few years ago, Arriaza launched a daring new theory: the Chinchorro were victims of arsenic poisoning.
ollowing the lead, Arriaza collected 46 hair samples from Chinchorro excavated from 10 sites in northern Chile.
Tucked between the Atacama and the cool Pacific Ocean, the city of Mica is the epicenter of Chinchorro mummy research.
In 1917 the, first of the mummies were discovered along Arica's popular Chinchorro beach.
Their arguments were then buoyed by an astounding discovery of Chinchorro mummies in 1983.
Reproductive patters of Strombus gigas from Alacranes reef versus Chinchorro Bank of Mexico.
Distribution and abundance of Strombus gigas veligers at six fishing sites on Banco Chinchorro, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Distribution and abundance of Strombus costatus (Gmelin, 1791) larvae and adults at the biosphere reserve: Banco Chinchorro, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Examples include Chinchorro
along the northern coast of Chile (Arriaza 1995), the Natufians in the Levantine corridor of the Near East (Bar-Yosef 1986), the Jomon of Japan (Imamura 1996) and the Ertebolle of circum-Baltic Europe (Zvelebil 1996).
The mummy belongs to the Chinchorro
culture and has an estimated age of 7,000-years-old.