Located in Salta, Argentina, the Archaeological Museum of High Mountain (MAAM) main function is to safeguard the archaeological discovery called “The Children of Llullaillaco” through an ultra modern cryopreservation system; and at the same time, its function includes the labor to study it and spread it, through preserving heritage, works in safeguarding ancient culture, reinforcing the identity of indigenous peoples.
Entry Fee: 40 ARS, Students, 10 ARS international student card holder ISIC
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday and Holidays from 11:00 – 19:30 hrs. (Mondays closed)
More than five hundred years ago, a ceremonial procession ascended to the summit of Llullaillaco, culminating in one of the most important ceremonies of the Inca ritual calendar, known as Capacocha. Possibly it started in the legendary city of Cuzco, its implementation involved a long journey in time and space, and had as protagonists the ones that now are known as The Children of Llullaillaco. You will find more than one hundred objects, many exquisite miniatures, who accompanied on this trip to meet with the ancestors and gods.
For over five centuries, the volcano kept to The Children of Llullaillaco in their time capsule which in 1999 became one of the most important findings in the field of archeology, which allowed scientists subsequently reconstruct this aspect of Inca life.
The main feature of the collection that reflects the current value of the Archaeological Museum of High Mountain, lies in the particular condition that both children are kept, and the objects that accompanied them.
Museologically, to present the most important archaeological discovery in recent times, is certainly a challenge. This museum has managed to form a place in which not only exhibits a magnificent collection, but also has created an environment where it is possible to approach the Andean world through High Altitude Archaeology, nd to understand the Inca universe and its ceremonial customs. Laboratories, research spaces and showrooms are combined in a work plan that let you see our own historical past. Beyond the modern technologies and innovative methods, this institution has created a concept, with respect and feeling, and has shaped an undoubtedly scientific and profoundly human Museum.
Some of this information was taken from the Argentinian Government website CulturaSalta.
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