Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes

Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes

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by Johan Reinhard
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Neil Baldwin
The Ice Maiden is especially to be appreciated in the context of contemporary popular descriptions of indigenous peoples and their myths and archetypes because it portrays a culture very different from ours with excitement and energy while still maintaining this kind of balanced, informed respect.
— The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426201769
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/21/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
327,619
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Johan Reinhard, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, has made more than 100 ascents over 17,000 feet and discovered more than 40 Incan ritual sites in the course of two decades as a high-altitude archaeologist in the Andes. He is associated with several research institutes, universities, and museums in both North and South America, has written a children's book and numerous scholarly books and articles, and won a Rolex Award for Enterprise in the field of exploration. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.


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The Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember when all the buzz was generated about this find, and there was a special exhibit in Washington, so it is a pleasure to read the inside story, both of the finds, and of the life and death of the young girl of the title. The deductions that lead Reinhard to examinine certain Andean mountaintops are remarkable, as is the realization that archaeology requires an interesting array of job skills: languages, mountaineering, burro-wrangling, research, and academic infighting, for starters. A good adventure read for armchair enthusiasts of archaeology/anthropology -- and there is detailed new information here as well for students and academics. The photos, index, and bibliography are invaluable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johan Reinhard has succeeded in telling a story in such a way that it will appeal to a wide audience ¿ youngsters as well as oldsters, lay persons as well as technical experts. Dr. Reinhard is an excellent communicator and his book contains all the elements of an engrossing novel ¿ mysterious and chilling religious practices, daunting physical obstacles, political intrigue ¿ yet it proves that real life can be more interesting than fiction. The book is very readable and is difficult to put down once started. Dr. Reinhard has clearly done his homework in terms of researching the lone-gone Inca civilization and how it relates to the present situation in Peru and how the Ice Maiden and other mummies form a bridge between past and present. The generous use of illustrations adds tremendously to the enjoyment and understanding of one of the most important archeological finds of the 20th century.
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