DISCOVERING THE INCA ICE MAIDEN by Johan Reinhard

DISCOVERING THE INCA ICE MAIDEN

My Adventures on Ampato
Age Range: 9 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-7922-7142-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: National Geographic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1998




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