Archaeology & History
Untouched royal tomb found in Peru
By T.K. Randall
June 28, 2013 · 33 comments
Image Credit: CC 1.0 Madeleine Price Ball
The graves of three ancient Wari queens have been unearthed in a rare undisturbed Peruvian tomb.
The remains were found alongside a treasure trove of gold and silver that has remarkably remained untouched over the centuries despite the area surrounding the tomb being looted numerous times by grave robbers. The discovery dates back to the Wari empire between A.D. 700 and 1000 at a time long before the construction of Machu Picchu by the Incas.
The Wari have remained something of a mystery over the years making the discovery of this intact tomb all the more valuable to archaeologists. Traces of insect pupae on the bodies suggest that the queens may have been taken out of the tomb and put on display at various times before being finally laid to rest.
A rare, undisturbed royal tomb has been unearthed in Peru, revealing the graves of three Wari queens buried alongside gold and silver riches and possible human sacrifices. Though the surrounding site has been looted many times, this mausoleum has managed to evade grave robbers for hundreds of years, archaeologists say.
Source: Live Science
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