Through the examination of mummies and mummification, science is giving us a fresh window into the lives of ancient people.

Learn more about this ancient practice in the videos below and then dive into examples of mummies that have been discovered in Peru.


Archeologists have uncovered the second largest Inca cemetery ever excavated in Peru on the edge of a schoolyard.


About 2,200 individuals have been found in the cemetery in this small town near the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.


The bodies were mummified by placing them in soil packed with textiles that helped them dry out.


Archeologists continue with their excavation. Only a few of the mummies have been unwrapped -- it's a very lengthy process and will take years for all of them to be examined.


The archeologists uncovered both children and adults at the burial site.


Here a child has a headdress on -- the headdress helped distinguish between the elite and the poor of the Inca Empire.


An archeologist examines the skull of a child, who researchers believe was about six years old.


Here archeologists examine a female skeleton. More than 50,000 artifacts have been retrieved at the burial site.

Photos courtesy of National Geographic Society.

Steven Fabian visits the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled.

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