A Bolivian woman has been arrested after attempting to post a mummified body to France.
Her package, addressed to Compiègne, was checked at the
post office in Desaguadero, near the Peruvian border, and found
to contain well-preserved human remains.
It is unknown how old the mummy was, but local police chief Adolfo Cardenas said it was possibly of the Inca period, about 500 years ago.
Philatelist Wayne Youngblood, who has a thematic collection on the subject of mummies, told us: ‘There are essentially two types of Incan mummies: intentional and unintentional. This was very likely one of the latter, a body left on a mountainside, where it was dessicated by the cold and wind.’