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Measuring Up
Photograph by Ira Block

Her face covered against dust and bacteria, archaeologist Roxana Mendoza measures an unwrapped male mummy from Puruchuco. Cotton padding and offerings to the dead helped fill the bundle. It was topped by a false head—textile stuffed with cotton that probably gave the mummy a more human form. This body is one of more than 2,000 recovered at the site. “A great collection is only great if it is documented well,” says anthropologist John Verano. “These scientists are doing a remarkable job with a gold mine of Inca culture.”

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Camera: Canon EOS IN
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 
Lens: 80-200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15th @ f5.6
Weather Conditions: N/A
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Lighting Techniques: Diffused window light with fill

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