July 5, 2013
Ancient Royal Treasures Discovered In Peru
If Indiana Jones was an actual person, he would have been all over this. But he is just a fictional character, so treasures, ancient tombs and temples are left to real life archeologists.
A team lead by Milosz Giersz has made an amazing discovery in a tomb uncovered at El Castillo de Huarmey, north of Lima, Peru. This tomb of the Wari, an ancient culture dating back over 1000 years, was found amongst the rubble where looters were using the site as a dump. While digging through the debris last September, Giersz and his team uncovered a large chamber under about 30 tons of rubble.
With further excavation of the site, a large carved mace was discovered. “It was a tomb marker and we knew then that we had the main mausoleum,” Giersz stated. Upon uncovering this amazing discovery, Giersz knew he had to keep it under wraps. With all the tomb robbers and looters around, he kept his find a secret for months. In fear of this site being looted, he stated, “I had a nightmare about the possibility.”
Back in January 2010, his team first suspected that the hidden mausoleum was there. With the use of aerial imaging equipment, a faint outline of the mausoleum appeared between two large brick pyramids.
As the team dug deeper into the chamber, human bodies in a seated position, wrapped in textiles, were discovered. Close by, were three small chambers that held the remains of three Wari queens buried with weaving tools made of gold and other cherished possessions. A total of 63 bodies, including the three queens were found. Some of the remains are believed to be that of sacrifices.
Not only human remains were discovered, but many other artifacts and treasures were uncovered in the chambers of the mausoleum. Gold and silver ear ornaments, silver bowls, bronze ritual axes, an alabaster drinking cup, cocoa leaf containers, knives, painted ceramics, and many other valuable objects were also among this find.
One artifact was found depicting a battle between coastal warriors and axe-wielding Wari invaders, showing that the Wari lords controlled this region.
For a treasure hunter, this would be a life changing moment of wealth, but for archaeologists the wealth of information is the greatest discovery. Giersz and his team foresees another eight to ten years of work at the site.
Krzysztof Makowski Hanula, an archaeologist at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima and the project’s scientific adviser, said, “The Wari phenomenon can be compared to the empire of Alexander the Great. It’s a brief historical phenomenon, but with great consequence.”
Up until now the history of the Wari empire has been a mystery because of the looters removing the valuables and artifacts from sites. Many of them could solve the unknown chronicles relating to the Wari. Now that this discovery has been disclosed, the team of Giersz and his colleagues can ultimately shed light on the Wari’s history.
Image Credit: Milosz Giersz