The "perfect", mummified remains of two girls and a boy have
been found on top of a volcano in the Andes. The children were
probably sacrificed by Incas 500 years ago, researchers said.
The remains were discovered at a height of 6,700 metres (22,000
ft) on Mount Llullaillaco, a mountain in northwest Argentina near
the border with Chile.
Dr Reinhard said the bodies may have been frozen since they were
left on the mountain by Incas.
Even though they are buried under about 1.5 metres (5 ft) of
rock and earth, their internal organs look perfect on a CT scan - as
if they had died only recently.
How these children died has yet to be established.
Their burial platform carried other sacrifices, apparently to
Inca gods. These included 35 gold, silver and shell statues, pottery
containing food, and articles of clothing including moccasins. All
are in excellent condition.