Saving Chilean mummies from climate change | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Scientist-detectives race to halt decomposition of world’s oldest mummies


Nearly 120 Chinchorro mummies are housed in the collection of the University of Tarapacá’s archaeological museum in Arica, Chile. That’s where scientists noticed that the mummies were starting to visibly degrade at an alarming rate. In some cases, specimens were literally turning into a black ooze…

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