Ollamtamybo – Inca mummified artifacts

Ollamtamybo, one of the more important sites of the Inca era became the last stop in my Inca trail. I arrived here after walking for 4 days from my living Inca trail. This is where I would take the train to Aguas Caliente for Manchu Picchu and return to Cusco after.

I returned to Ollamtamybo, wanting to do a short 2 days in this tiny town. After Manchu Picchu, the wonderful ruins of Ollamtamybo seemed a little underwhelming.

While visiting one of the ruins, met a very friendly Peruvian and his son who worked with the archaeological digs in nearby areas. He invited me to his home to look at some of his archaelogical finds. This became the highlight of my trip to this town.

The house was a typical mud brick construct with guinea pigs running around the mud oven kitchen. Quite a sight by itself to have dinner running around.

He took out some Inca burial artifacts from a serious of cardboard boxes, one of the fascinating finds was a tiny desiccated human baby.Then there were others, adult human skulls. Some had broken cranium, a chilling proof that these were human sacrifices. The non-enlongated skulls showed these human artifacts were not from royalty but of normal descent and hence the Inca sacrificial burials for these mummies were for minor events.

Still, the artifacts were fascinating and a great opportunity for a close up glimpse which otherwise be viewed from afar in boxed up windows of a museum.

Mummified foetus could be possibly a burial sacrifice.

A mummified skull with broken cranium, clearly a sacrifice as most skulls would have been struck at the front.

This is where most of the artifacts were kept, cardboard boxes with newspapers.

Not sure what this bag was used for, as it is not the typical shape of a coca bag. It could have been for a courier for letters and documents.

Woven coca bags call chuspa is mandatory in every burial.

Precious conch sea shells were important commodity in the Andean mountains.


2 responses to “Ollamtamybo – Inca mummified artifacts

  1. Loved the fact that you could meet up with someone who has such treasures not buried in his home!!! Are they not taken care of in a museum instead of being wrapped in newspapers and stuffed inside cardboard boxes?

    • well i didn’t want to ask him or probe him about it. but it was shocking for me to see all these artifacts in cardboard boxes. then again, it is so dry there that the environment preserves everything

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