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Chinchorro Mummies, their history and preservation


Named after the ancient culture they were part of, the Chinchorro mummies are known for being considered the oldest discovery of this type of mortuary preservation technique; even two milleniums before the Egyptian mummies.

The Chinchorro culture lived approximately between 7.020 and 1.500 B.C, that’s before any city or civilization that it’s known, and inhabited from the south of Perú in the north, to the Antofagasta Region in the south; settleting by the shore. This culture had a tradition of fishing and harvest, allowing them to not only adapt themselves in what today we call the Atacama desert, but also the Pacific coast in order to find food.

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