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06-28-2013, 07:07 PM
Treasures of the Peruvian royal tombs: Archaeologists find first unlooted tomb of the ancient Wari civilisation where three queens were buried alongside golden jewellery and human sacrifices
Wari empire ruled the Andes before their better-known Incan successors
Tomb was a lucky find at the site which has long been targetted by raiders
It provides a wealth of new information about the enigmatic civilisation
Remains found alongside mummies believed to be human sacrifices
PUBLISHED: 09:50 GMT, 28 June 2013

Archaeologists in South America have discovered the first undisturbed tomb of the ancient and mysterious Wari civilisation, unearthing the mummified bodies of three Queens alongside golden treasures and macabre human sacrifices.

The 1,200-year-old 'temple of the dead' was found at the El Castillo de Huarmey site, a four-hour drive north of the Pruvian capital Lima.

It provides a wealth of information about the enigmatic Wari empire that ruled the Andes long before their better-known Incan successors.
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A pair of gold-and-silver ear ornaments found alongside what archaeologists believe were three Queens of the ancient and mysterious Wari civilisation

An unusually designed 1,200-year-old ceramic flask depicting a Wari lord with eyes wide open, was among a wealth of ceramic artifacts discovered in the tomb

An archaeologist measures the remains of a woman believed to be a Wari queen

Historians believe the Wari, who ruled between 600 and 1100 A.D., were the first people to unite diverse tribes into a sophisticated network across most of today's Peruvian Andes.

Bioarchaeologist Wieslaw Wieckowski said six skeletons were not wrapped in textiles and appear to have been human sacrifices for the mummified elite.

'They were people thrown into the grave before the grave was sealed,' he said. 'They were lying on their bellies, in an extended position and their limbs went in different directions.'
Archaeologists told National Geographic that they kept their work quiet for fear grave robbers would pick the site clean.

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