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Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next time!

Fact 36

Embalming

Egyptians are the best known for mummification, which began somewhere around 6000 BC and continued to about 600 AD. In what is now Chile however, the Chinchoro peoples are known to have been embalming and mummifying their dead since around 5000 BC.

The terms mummification and embalming are interchangeable. Embalming is using preservatives to prevent decay of the body. Many other Native American peoples further perfected the art of embalming and mummification including the extremely skilled Moche peoples in present day Peru. As well as Pueblo Indians in the southwestern United States.