Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Lord of Sipán
Moche tomb uncovered in northern Peru in 1987. The excavations were led by Walter Alva, but the site was actually discovered by tomb robbers. Fortunately for the rest of us, they fell out among themselves and the resulting shootout brought their discovery to the attention of the police, who notified Alva. The tomb is the richest, by quantity of gold, ever found in the Americas; the gold that drove the tomb robbers mad was from just a small subsidiary tomb; they never reached the main tomb, which was undisturbed. Above is the reconstruction you can see at the site now.