Back in 1999, on the mountainous border between Chile and Argentina, the frozen bodies of three Inca children were discovered on top of a volcano. Perfectly preserved amid freezing conditions 6,000 metres in the sky, they had lain undisturbed since they were sacrificed around five centuries earlier. Nearly two decades have passed, but the discovery is still teaching us about the world they left behind. And over the past year, these three mummies played an unlikely role in getting Peru’s record goalscorer and captain to the World Cup in Russia despite his doping ban.
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