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First Unlooted Tomb Found In Peru

Elvi Bjorkquist - Sunday, July 21, 2013



El Castillo de Huarmey, the stepped pyramid 
mausoleum on the coast of southern Peru, 
has been dubbed the “Temple of the Dead.” 
Peru announced Thursday the discovery of 
an ancient tomb filled with golden treasure, 
three queens and the servants who 
accompanied them into the afterlife some 
1,200 years ago.

The Wari (Huari) were ancient rulers of 
southern Peru before 1000 A.D. and the 
advent of the Inca Empire. The 
archaeologists collected more than a thousand 
artifacts, including sophisticated gold and silver 
jewelry, bronze axes, and gold weaving tools, 
along with the bodies of three Wari queens 
and 60 other individuals. For archaeologists, 
the greatest treasure will be the tomb’s wealth 
of new information on the Wari (Huari) Empire. 
The construction of an imperial mausoleum at 
El Castillo shows that Wari lords conquered and 
politically controlled this part of the northern 
coast, and likely played a key role in the 
downfall of the northern Moche kingdom.

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