So this post is actually from Saturday morning, but the internet doesn’t always behave in Bolivia.
It’s a beautiful morning in Potosí, Bolivia. Yesterday we toured the Casa de la Moneda, the National Mint of Bolivia that produced money from 1572 to 1951. Although I found the mint and its historical machinery interesting, the archeological exhibit was my favorite. Not only were their pieces of ancient pottery and textiles from Potosí, there were also preserved infant bodies. The clothing the infants were buried indicated that their families were Spanish or wealthy. Although they smelled a little odd, I thought the bodies represented the historically high infant mortality rate in Bolivia, even among the elite. Since I’m interested in infant mortality and child malnutrition, I’m always on the lookout for anything and everything related to pediatric healthcare.