National Geographic : 1995 Mar
boPAi W / /-f-1 ,'/t /(e>44 t to1~5 ' / . . \ A body under reconstruction Early Chinchorromummy makers began with defleshed corpses and the rawest of materials. Reassembled, the skeleton was mounted with reed cords onto an internalstick scaffolding. Body cavities were filled with ashes and dried plants, bound reeds gave volume to the limbs, and an ash-paste shell was covered with S skin and manganese paint. Such black mummies were createdbetween 5000 and3000 B. C. Forthe next thousand years bodies were simply eviscerated, t. . stuffed with earth, covered with :. paste, andpainted red. _ ; . : PAINTING BY RICHARD SCHLECHT sqs O4e j ~t ~f~d '