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Ice Mummies—Frozen in Heaven

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Note: This program contains information about child sacrifice. You should preview the program to determine its appropriateness for your classroom.

Map of world with Peru marked NOVA accompanies anthropologist Johan Reinhard as he journeys to the 5,639-meter (18,500-foot) peak of Sara Sara in southern Peru in search of evidence of capa cocha, a ritual in which the Incas were said to sacrifice their own children to the gods.


  • The program describes Spanish chronicles that detail Inca life and beliefs.

  • Archeologists ascend the mountain in search of evidence of the chronicled, but never proven, ritual. Observations of several bodies discovered earlier support the ritual's existence, including a boy found frozen in the Chilean mountains, a girl found frozen on Mt. Ampato in Peru, and a boy found on Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina.

  • The program ends with the discovery of Sarita, a girl buried 500 years ago.

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