Known as Ñusta, a Quechua word for "Princess," the mummy amazes many because of its excellent state of preservation: Its black braids seem recently combed and its hands still cling to small feathers.
Experts say the mummy originally came from a region in the Andean highlands near La Paz during the last years of the Inca civilization. Radiocarbon tests also have revealed it dates to the second half of the 15th century, confirming the likelihood that its tomb burial preceded the conquest of the Incas.
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