Radiocarbon dating pictures

The earliest radiocarbon date obtained for a Chinchorro mummy, a child from a site in the Camarones Valley about 60 miles south of Arica, is 5050 During the next 3,500 years Chinchorro mummification evolved through three distinct styles—black, red, and mud-coated—before the practice died out.

Whereas the Egyptians considered only kings and other exalted citizens worthy of mummification, the Chinchorro accorded everyone in the community, regardless of age or status, this sacred rite.

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Radiocarbon dating pictures

(“The Scream,” it turns out, was inspired by the expression on a natural Andean mummy in a Paris museum.) Reattaching skin restored the human look, as did a short wig of human hair pasted to the skull.

Inevitably shrinkage occurred after skinning; if the artisan came up short, he patched the gaps with animal skin.

Infants—and even fetuses and newborns—received the same meticulous attention as adults.

It took me hours to examine the masked baby, even though its legs were missing, so I can only imagine how much time and effort went into making this black mummy.

They likely believed that mummies were the bridge between the world of the living and the supernatural realm of the dead.

What makes the Chinchorro so remarkable is the elaborate way in which they prepared their loved ones for the hereafter.

The baby’s leg bones would have been secured to the trunk with sticks extending from the ankles to the chest.

The artisan bulked out the skeleton, and stabilized it further, by tying twigs and reeds to the bones.

Having opened the baby’s skull, he removed the brain.

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