They seek to save the Chinchorro mummies from climate change

They seek to save the Chinchorro mummies from climate change

That climate change has negative effects on our planet is something that has remained constant since the movements began to raise awareness of this serious problem that not only affects different regions of our world but also affects everything that lives in it: humans , animals, plants and even inert objects such as mummies.

Mummies are still organic objects, therefore exposed to being affected by climatic conditions, especially those more adverse such as extreme heat, droughts, rains or spaces where the humidity index is very high.

Some of the mummies that are exposed to the effects of climate change and that may suffer a more significant deterioration than the one they have already had due to the passage of time, they are the mummies of Chinchorro, which are at least 7,000 years old, much earlier than the Egyptian mummies.

From Harvard University, in the United States, a group of researchers has declared that the effect of climate change has made these important mummies have started to degrade very quickly, which could cause a whole treasure of humanity to be lost that could still reveal much information about the way of life of those years.

There are approximately 120 mummies that are part of the collection of the University of Tarapacá, in the Archaeological Museum of Arica. These were the ones that attracted the attention of scientists, who discovered clear signs of degradation in these bodies that are so ancient.

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From Chile they have asked for help from different experts from Europe and North America so that this can be stopped. Among them is Ralph Mitchell, Emeritus Professor of Applied Biology at Harvard University, who will use all their know-how in environmental microbiology to determine if the cause is due to a microbe or not.

The information available to North American experts reveals that there could be a large number of Chinchorro mummies buried under the sand surface in many of the valleys of the Eastern region, obviously in clear danger due to climate change. In addition, during the investigation it has been known that the humidity levels of Arica, where the archaeological museum is located, have increased in recent years, putting the mummies in serious danger.

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