It was a stunning discovery: the first unlooted imperial tomb of the Wari, the ancient civilization that built South America's earliest empire between 700 and 1000 A.D. Yet it wasn't happiness that Milosz Giersz felt when he first glimpsed gold in the dim recesses of the burial chamber in northern Peru.
Giersz, an archaeologist at the University of Warsaw in Poland, realized at once that if word leaked out that his Polish-Peruvian team had discovered a 1,200-year-old "temple of the dead" filled with precious gold and silver artifacts, looters would descend on the site in droves. "I had a nightmare about the possibility," says Giersz.
So Giersz and project co-director Roberto Pimentel Nita kept their discovery secret. Digging quietly for months in one of the burial chambers, the archaeologists collected more than a thousand artifacts, including sophisticated gold and silver jewelry, bronze axes, and gold tools, along with the bodies of three Wari queens and 60 other individuals, some of whom were probably human sacrifices.
Polish archaeologists discovered a royal tomb Huarmey Wari culture, only four hours from Lima.
In the burial chamber were found the remains of 63 people, including three queens, according to National Geographic.
In addition, experts found hundreds of gold and silver objects, as Milosz told Giersz, University of Warsaw
Giersz revealed to National Geographic who kept the discovery secret for fear that the "looters" come to plunder the findings. "It was my worst nightmare," he revealed.
Originally posted by intrptr
Its too bad that the best finds of antiquity are the result of greed. The Imperial Royal (meaning richest, most powerful) buried all their wealth with them rather than let anyone else have it. They even had their servants and pets killed and laid with them to rot in the ground.
King Tut Had 7 tons of gold in his vault.
"If I can't have it, nobody can".
Now this hoard will be hidden in some museum vault and await someone else to come along and plunder it for their own personal gain.
But we'll get a few tantalizing pictures of some of it.
I know, I know, its a treasure trove. And you can't have any of it.edit on 27-6-2013 by intrptr because: (no reason given)