The Unveiling of a Mummified Head in Peru


We had offered to help catalog the collections of elongated skulls currently at the Paracas History Museum. Miro and I have made the trip 4 hours south of Lima to the small beach community of Paracas. If you are a reader of this blog, you know that I am very interested in antropology and archeology and somewhat obsessed with the phenomenon of the elongated skulls found here in Peru and other places around the world. One of the aspects of being an unschooling traveling family is that both Miro and I accompany each other as we both pursue our individual interests.

We arrived at the Paracas History Museum prepared to start photographing the skulls. We were greeted by Brien Foerster who showed us a bag  that was hanging from the door of the museum when he arrived that morning.  As he looked into the bag, he could see there there contained an ancient burial cloth, likely concealing the human  remains of a mummified head. And so we waited for Sr. Juan Navarro of the Paracas History Museum and we witnessed (and filmed) the remarkable unveiling.


Lainie Liberti
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s career once focused on creating campaigns for green - eco business, non-profits and conscious business. Dazzling clients with her high-energy designs for over 18 years, Lainie lent her artistic talents to businesses that matter.  But that was then.

In 2008, after the economy took a turn, Lainie decided to be the change (instead of a victim) and began the process of “lifestyle redesign,” a joint decision between both her and her 11-year-old son, Miro. They sold or gave away all of of their possessions in 2009 and began a life of travel, service, and exploration. Lainie and her son Miro began their open-ended adventure backpacking through Central and South America. They are slow traveling around the globe allowing inspiration to be their compass. The pair is most interested in exploring different cultures, contributing by serving, and connecting with humanity as ‘global citizens.’

Today Lainie considers herself a digital nomad who is living a location independent life. She and her son write and podcast their experiences from the road at Raising Miro on the Road of Life.
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2 Responses to The Unveiling of a Mummified Head in Peru

  1. Jim McDaniel July 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I wouldn’t be surprised if more show up. When I went to a site near Nazca a while back, there was a place where bones and pieces of cloth were scattered about – having been dug up by grave robbers.

  2. Doc Wends July 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    The scariest museum finds perhaps! That will take the hell off me when I see this like you did. I cringed at the thought at how the skull gotten its way in its state and how gruesome perhaps it’s past.

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