Hosted by National Geographic, the Inca Mummies Web site is an accompaniment to the television special airing on PBS Wednesday, May 15, at 9pm Eastern Time. Inca Mummies is about the excavation of over 2,000 mummies at the pre-Hispanic site known to archaeologists as Puruchuco-Huaquerones, located in Peru. Since 1999, scientists have been removing, examining, and photographing mummies of all ages and ranks buried within the Puruchuco cemetery. At 20 acres, the cemetery consisted of bodies buried in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and is the second largest cemetery ever excavated in Peru (after Ancon) and the largest from a single time period. Viewers may find out more information regarding the Inca mummies and the television special at the Web site, which contains photo galleries, press releases, exhibition information, and an abstract of an article presented in the May 2002 edition of the National Geographic magazine. In addition, users can view a fascinating online documentary regarding the excavations, and explore the layers of the Cotton King mummy bundle. Archaeologists, scientists, and historians, as well as anyone interested in the ancient world, may find the Web site and the television special intriguing and useful.
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