Mountaintop Ancestors

I recently subscribed to Amerícas, published by the Organization of American States. The October issue of Américas has great article by Michael T. Luongo entitled Unveiling Ancestors of the Mountaintop. The article covers the opening of the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (MAAM) in Salta, Argentina. The centerpiece of the collection at MAAM is the remains and artifacts of three children found in a mountain top in the Argentine Andes by a group of scientist lead by the National Geographic Society in the late 1990s. According to the article, the children are thought to have been left there as an offering to the gods some five hundred years ago. The dry and freezing temperatures of that Andean mountain top preserved the children and their belongings. From the article:

She [Katia Gibaja, of the Andean Information Center and Library] feels that the children were waiting on the mountain for five hundred years in the hopes that they would be found by future generations, in order to communicate the message of the ancient Incas. Here in the museum, they have indeed fulfilled their roles as oracles as the ancients had hoped.

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