Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden

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The discovery of a 500-year-old Inca girl on the summit of Ampato, a 20,700-foot-high volcano in Peru, provided archaeologists with new clues to the Inca Empire and electrified the world. In this unforgettable book, Johan Reinhard takes readers into the laboratory, shares the excitement of the scientific discoveries made there, and tells what the Ice Maiden has revealed about ancient Inca culture. Full-color photos. 48 pp. Ages 10 and up. Pub: 3/98.

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Overview

The discovery of a 500-year-old Inca girl on the summit of Ampato, a 20,700-foot-high volcano in Peru, provided archaeologists with new clues to the Inca Empire and electrified the world. In this unforgettable book, Johan Reinhard takes readers into the laboratory, shares the excitement of the scientific discoveries made there, and tells what the Ice Maiden has revealed about ancient Inca culture. Full-color photos. 48 pp. Ages 10 and up. Pub: 3/98.

A first-person account of the 1995 discovery of the over 500-year-old Peruvian ice mummy on Mount Ampato and a description of the subsequent retrieval and scientific study.

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Children's Literature - Ru Story-Huffman
In 1995, the world was treated to the discovery of the Inca Ice Maiden, a frozen mummy found high in the mountains of Peru. This book is an account of the discovery, removal, scientific study, and purported history of the Ice Maiden. Illustrated with photographs by the author, this book is a visual and informational look at an important historical artifact. Through the Ice Maiden, readers view life of long ago. It is an excellent addition to any library. The school and public libraries will find it useful for research, while the home library will benefit also. Some of the up-close photographs of the Ice Maiden are breathtaking. An excellent presentation!
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Gr 5 UpIn 1995, Reinhard, an anthropologist, found a frozen mummy in the Andes. The body belonged to a 14-year-old girl from the time of the Inca Empire. Using full-color photographs, the author vividly re-creates the discovery of the ice maiden and the struggle to bring the mummy down from Mount Ampato. The narrative shifts neatly into the challenge of investigating the find without damaging it. The author describes how examining the clothing and personal items of the mummy expanded and confirmed current knowledge of Inca culture. From her remains, scientists were able to postulate what the girl's last days might have been like. The high-quality photos bring every step of the process to life. One shows the still-untouched mummy bundle lying beneath ice pinnacles; another captures the first glimpse of the ice maiden's face; and a CAT scan shows the fracture that probably caused her death. Reinhard sticks to the chronological sequence of events, avoiding lengthy background notes about Inca culture or science techniques. By bringing some of his personal reactions into the narrative, he conveys the wonder and excitement involved in such a discovery. He also shows that experts can see the mummy as a human girl, as well as an important archaeological artifact. Readers may be initially attracted by the fascinating photos, but will end up learning plenty about anthropology, archaeology, and scientific investigation.Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Readers will be drawn to the story of the 1995 discovery of a female mummy of a girl who was only 14 when she died (probably in a sacrifice). Reinhard shares his experiences climbing the Peruvian volcano, Ampato, where he and his assistant Miguel Z rate discovered the so-called "Ice Maiden" who lived 530 years ago; with great difficulty, they removed the relics that the eroding gravel had exposed. The discovery of two other mummies, as well as the painstaking efforts of scientists to collect information about the ice maiden, are covered in clear text and accompanied by intriguing full-color photographs; these portray the treasures culled from the frozen, stony mountain, including a child's small straw sandal, finely woven textiles, and gold and silver dolls. This book takes armchair adventurers and archaeological enthusiasts not only to the excavation, but back through Peruvian history. (chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792271420
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: My Adventures Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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