Peruvian Infant Mummy Now on Exhibit with Mummies of the World
The Detmold Child, a 6,420 year old Peruvian infant mummy in a remarkable state of preservation that is gaining enormous interest, is currently on exhibit as part of the nationally touring Mummies of the World.
The Detmold Child is an embalmed Peruvian baby of 8-10 months, discovered at an unknown location in Peru. On loan from the Lippisches Land Museum in Detmold, Germany, it is one of the oldest mummies ever discovered, and predates King Tut by more than 3,000 years, and Ötzi the Iceman by 1,000 years. CT Scans reveal she suffered from a very rare congenital heart malformation which likely lead to her death from pneumonia. After its death it was wrapped in linen and buried, with an amulet hung around its neck.
While she may not be alive, quite astonishingly, the lungs, heart, large part of the musculature of the colon and vascular system are still present.
In addition to the Peruvian infant mummy, Mummies of the World also features 150 never-before-seen real human and animal mummies from Asia, Oceania, Europe, Egypt and South America.
The exhibit is currently in Milwaukee and will then head to the Northeast this summer as it continues on as part of a three year U.S. tour. For further information on Mummies of the World and the fascinating aspects of the exhibit, visit http://www.mummiesoftheworld.com