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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Johan Reinhard's discovery of the 500-year-old frozen body of an Inca girl made international headlines in 1995, reaching more than a billion people worldwide. One of the best-preserved mummies ever found, it was a stunning and significant time capsule, the spectacular climax to an Andean quest that yielded no fewer than ten ancient human sacrifices as well as the richest collection of Inca artifacts in archaeological history.
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.



About the Author
Johan Reinhard is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.
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