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Chachapoya mummies

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The Chachapoya mummies pictured above were discovered in 2007 in a burial vault 82 feet down. The vault—which was apparently also used for worship—was discovered by a farmer working at the edge of northern Peru's rainforest. He reported it to scientists who uncovered ceramics, textiles and wall paintings in addition to the mummies.

Little is known about the Chachapoyas except that they were one of the more advanced ancient civilizations in the area. They are thought to have been adept at fighting, and they commanded a large kingdom about 1,000 years ago. Because they were large people and fierce fighters, Jacques de Mahieu thinks they may have been the source of the stories about Amazon warriors. [Ibid.] They were defeated by the Incas and later by the Spanish conquistadors. Hopefully, more will become known about them when more research is done. DNA tests should tell us how similar they were genetically to the Scandinavians of today.

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