Photo of the “Llullaillaco Maiden”, a 15 year old girl sacrificed during the Inca Empire for both purposes of religious rite and social control. She was chosen a year prior to her death, fed a ritualistic diet for an approximate twelve months to make her gain weight, then was drugged and left on the shrine at Volcano Llullaillaco, where she was left to die of exposure. For five hundred years, her body had been preserved at 82 ft. She is considered to be the best preserved Andean mummy
Otzi, the Ice Man of the Alps who was discovered in 1991. His mummy, created by having been covered with glacial ice shortly after his death, is the oldest known human skin ever discovered – 5,300 years old – and it is tattooed. Otzi has 59 separate tattoos
Pompeii. During excavations, hundreds of bodies were found. The ash had hardened around the bodies, which had decomposed, leaving skeletal remains. Archaeologists developed a technique to fill the void in the ashes, so we can clearly see the remains of the people.
Stairway. The Burana Tower is a large minaret in the Chuy Valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country's capital Bishkek. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top.
Taking a Closer Look at an Odd Pair of Very, Very Old Socks
A pair of very, very old red Romano-Egyptian sock made in Egypt sometime between AD 250 and AD 420. They were excavated in the burial grounds of Ancient Oxyrhynchus, a Greek colony on the Nile in central Egypt at the end of the 19th century.