National Geographic : 1925 Sep
Photograph courtesy American Museum of Natural History A MUMMY FROM THE LOOTED BURIAL, HIS WRAPPINGS LAID ASIDE The impression of the large, oval, turquoise mosaic which had been removed in pre-Columbian times may be seen just above the left wrist (see text, page 291). The mark of the basket which once covered the head is also visible across the breast. These "mummies" are merely desiccated bodies, since embalming was not practiced by any native American people. Photograph by Earl H.Morris AT THE BRINK OF THE SLOPE IN FRONT OF THE GREAT CAVE: CANON DEL MUERTO It was Mrs. Morris who freed the specimens ofthe dust of ages and of the filth left upon them byafar from cleanly people. Desirous of seeing the patterns which washing would bring out upon the baskets, she waited eagerly whilethe photographer made the exposures necessary before the contents of thegrave could beremoved.