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IN People ON 15 Jul, 2016
Scientists were surprised to find a fully preserved and frozen girl near an Argentinian volcano in 1999. The girl was just 15 years old at the time of her death and had been preserved from 500 years. The 500-year-old girl had her hair, body and skin completely maintained in cold temperature.
It seemed that she recently passed away. The amazing thing is that the blood from this 500-year-old lady can be used to combat various diseases. Click next for more information about this miraculous 500-year-old mummy.
She was sacrificed to the God, which is a common ritual in the Incan culture. This Incan mummy is known as 'The Maiden.'
Capacocha is a ceremony generally conducted after cultural events. During this ceremony, kids of 6-15 years old are sacrificed just to please the God. In 1999, 3 children of Llullaillaco were found deep-frozen embedded in an assortment of gold, silver, shell statues, clothing and food. The children included a 13-year-old known as the 'Llullaillaco Maiden.'
This teen girl suffered from a bacterial lung infection at the time of her death.
The blood samples taken from the body of three young Incan mummies might help in finding the cure of several diseases.
Scientists used the latest technique for diagnosis in which they swabbed the lips of Maiden mummy and compared the swabs with those of current patients.
Researchers took three long days because of driving blizzards and 70 mph wind to reach the top of Llullaillaco volcano.
It is for the very first time that disease has been diagnosed in an ancient body. Corthals researcher explained, 'Our technique opens a new door to solving some of the history's biggest mysteries, such as the reasons why the flu of 1918 was so devastating. It will also enhance our understanding of future's greatest threats, such as the emergence of new infectious agents or re-emergence of known infectious diseases.'
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