Mummiecultuur begon in natuur

- PHOTO TAKEN 27OCT05 - A mummified Chinchorro baby lies inside Azapa's San Miguel Museum in Arica city, some 2051km (1274 miles) north of Santiago, 27, 2005. Living in the harsh desert of northern Chile's Pacific coast more than 7,000 years ago, the Chinchorro fishing tribe mysteriously began mummifying dead babies, removing internal organs, cleaning bones, stuffing and sewing up the skin, putting wigs and clay masks on them. The Chinchorro mummies are the oldest known artificially preserved dead, dating thousands of years before Egyptian mummies, and the life quest of the archeologists who study them is to discover why this early society developed such a complex death ritual. Picture taken October 27, 2005.