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Ice Maiden

Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes

Published by National Geographic
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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.

  • Publisher: National Geographic (November 21, 2006)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426201769