American Pictures/ Chris Sharp
In 1983 a burial site was found in Arica which revealed a total of 96 bodies some
of which proved to be the oldest mummies in the world. They belonged to the Chinchorro
culture and some were 7000 years old or two millenia older than those found in
Egypt. The mummies had been well preserved by the sophisticated mummification
techniques used by the Chinchorro people and the extraordinarily dry conditions
of the Atacama desert.