Volume 91 Issue 31 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 5, 2013

Incas Doped Their Sacrifice Victims

Children to be sacrificed were plied with increasing amounts of coca leaves and alcohol for a year prior to their deaths
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: archeology, mummy, human sacrifice, Inca

In 1999, archaeologists discovered the mummies of three Inca human sacrifice victims near the 22,000-foot summit of Llullaillaco volcano in the Andes Mountains. The 500-year-old remains were so remarkably preserved in the cold, arid climate that medical researchers have been able to detect molecular evidence of tuberculosis and other diseases in the remaining body fluids (C&EN, May 20, page 32). A team of scientists led by Andrew S. . . .

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