Saturday 11 November 2017, 10.00AM4.30pm
In the ancient Andes, mummification preserved power. Dry conditions allowed natural mummification; 7,000 years ago, the Chinchorro people learned to mummify their dead 2,000 years before the ancient Egyptians. Artificial mummification preserved corpses as representatives of the community (Chachapoya). By Inca times, Andean peoples placed ancestors in burial towers and made human sacrifices on high mountains (Llullaillaco), and the mummies retained an extraordinary degree of influence after death. This illustrated day course explores processes and belief systems behind these practices.
Heather Brothwell MA MA LLB