Chinchorro Mummies Research Paper

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The Chinchorro peoples existed around 2,000 years before the Egyptians. They lived on the coast of Chile and Northern Peru. The Chinchorro mummies, which have remained preserved in Chile for more than 7,000 years, are now under threat from increased levels of moisture. Humid air is allowing bacteria to grow, causing the mummies' skin "to go black and become gelatinous”. The rapid deterioration began within the past 10 years, and has affected some of the 120 mummies that are housed at the University of Tarapacá’s archaeological museum in the northern port city of Arica. It was unclear why some of these mummies started degrading into black ooze, so Chilean preservationists studied the micro flora, or the bacteria, on the mummies' bodies.
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