1987 Laureate, Exploration
United States, Born 1943
Johan Reinhard’s 1995 discovery of the 500-year-old Inca “Ice Maiden” could easily have been the apex of his life. One of the best-preserved bodies from pre-Columbian times thrilled millions worldwide, unleashing a wealth of knowledge. Yet the high-altitude cultural anthropologist and archaeologist was not satisfied with this achievement. He was convinced that better-preserved mummies were yet to be found on remote Andean mountain-tops. And, as the looting of ancient sites became a global business, he was determined to rescue and preserve the heritage of the Andean people.
years that have passed since Juanita was alive
Juanita's age, in years, at the time of her death
number of high-altitude ritual sites Johan has discovered
museums built to house the mummies and artifacts uncovered by Johan