ARICA, CHILE – There are more than a 100 specimens at the Universidad de Tarapaca in Arica Chile. They are said to be degrading at a very high rate. Marcela Sepulveda who is an archaeologist explains that the appearance of dark and bright spots on them is a real reflection of change in their tissues.
Regardless of age or status, Chinchorro have been known to accord everyone within their community the sacred rite of mummification to their dead. This is unlike the Egyptians who considered mummification to be for kings and other dignified citizens.