Woman Dead For 500 Years, Researchers Shocked By What They Found With Her

In 1999, the body of an Inca girl was found on a volcano in Argentina. The child was sacrificed to the Gods on the mountaintop and her corpse was perfectly preserved. The girl apparently suffered from tuberculosis, and her mummy may help provide scientists with some vital insights on how to treat or cure the disease.

After important events in tribal lives, the Incas were known to send children to live with the Gods (ie, sacrifice them). This girl, nicknamed 'The Maiden' by scientists, was only 15-years-old when she died 500 years ago, but her body is so well-preserved that she looks like she might have just passed away yesterday.

By studying the mummy, scientists learned that she was given an intoxicating drink and cacao leaves to chew before being strangled or suffocated. She had a high-fat diet and was well fed before her death. Upon taking a culture from her mouth area, scientists learned that the girl also suffered from a form of tuberculosis.

Despite immunizations, many people still suffer from tuberculosis today. By examining the ancient bacterium, scientists might be able to find new ways to better treat the disease, or re-emerging versions of it.

Even though she had a short life and a tragic death, The Maiden could end up changing the lives of millions of people.

Source: Little Things
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