Perfectly Preserved 15 Year Old Inca Girl Frozen For 500 Years Gives New Insight Into Diseases Of The Past!
A 500-year-old frozen Incan girl known as ‘The Maiden’ was suffering from a bacterial infection when she died – and being able to ‘diagnose’ the disease could lead to new insights into diseases of the past. The discovery could help defend against new illnesses – or the re-emergence of diseases of the past. The mummy was suffering from an illness similar to tuberculosis when she was sacrificed on the Argentinian volcano Llullaillaco, 22,100 feet above sea level. The find – using a new technique of swabbing the lips and comparing the swabs with those of current patients – is the first time a disease has been ‘diagnosed’ in such an ancient body.