The Ice Maiden
Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes
By Johan Reinhard
(National Geographic Society, Paperback, 9780792259121, 384pp.)
Publication Date: June 20, 2006
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Here is the paperback edition of his first-person account, which "The Washington Post" called "incredible...compelling and often astonishing" and "The Wall Street Journal" described as ..". part adventure story, part detective story, and part memoir--an engaging look at a rarefied world." It's a riveting combination of mountaineering adventure, archaeological triumph, academic intrigue, and scientific breakthrough which has produced important results ranging from the best-preserved DNA of its age to the first complete set of an Inca noblewoman's clothing.
At once a vivid personal story, a treasure trove of new insights on the lives and culture of the Inca, and a fascinating glimpse of cutting-edge research in fields as varied as biology, botany, pathology, ornithology and history, "The Ice Maiden" is as spellbinding and unforgettable as the long-dead but still vital young woman at its heart.