Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated disability

The Nasca Boy's remains are now on display in the National Museum of Ica, Peru. (credit: Tilley et al. 2018)

Most Peruvian mummies come bundled in cloth, with their legs folded up to their chests and their arms around their knees. But the young boy we now know only as the Nasca Boy was buried in a position he probably occupied in life: on a contoured, cushioned adobe stool, with his lower legs tucked beneath his seat. It’s the only burial of its kind that archaeologists have ever seen,...

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