El Castillo de Huarmey

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El Castillo de Huarmey (English: "the Castle on the River Huarmey") is a pyramid-like structure on the coast of Peru, in the Ancash Region north of Lima, the most studied section of the archeological complex is the Wari mausoleum which was discovered in an undisturbed condition. The 2013 discovery at El Castillo de Huarmey of a royal Wari tomb containing 60 individuals and three burials of elite women suggests the need to reassess the Wari presence on the coast of Peru.[1] The 45-hectare (110-acre) area around the tomb has been the target of looters for decades.[2] The team named the site, which provided evidence of the Wari Empire. El Castillo de Huarmey was excavated in secret over the course of several months in 2013 to prevent looting.[3]

In January 2010, Giersz's team located what appeared to be a subterranean tomb using aerial photographs and geophysical imaging tools on a ridge between two other pyramids. The ridge had long been a dumping site for rubble for tomb robbers. In September 2012 the team found a stone throne room. Below this was a chamber sealed by tons of loose stone fill.[2]

The burial chamber of the royal tomb was discovered in early 2013 by a Peruvian-Polish research team, which was led by Milosz Giersz of Poland's University of Warsaw and co-director Roberto Pimentel Nita and funded by the National Geographic Society.[3]

The tomb contained 1,200 artifacts, including gold earrings, bronze axes, jewelry made of copper and silver, and silver bowls.[3] The tomb contained 60 human bodies buried in rows in a seated position and clothed in deteroriating textiles. Three side chambers contained three bodies of royal Wari women whose bodies were accompanied by prized possessions, including gold weaving tools. Giersz said "We are talking about the first unearthed royal imperial tomb of the Wari." The richness of this mausoleum is a strong indication of the extent to which the Wari controlled this part of northern Peru. Giersz found evidence that the royal bodies had been repeatedly removed from the burial chambers, presumably for royal displays during the Wari era, an indication of royal ancestor worship.[2]

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  1. ^ Mujica, Sonia Alconini; Alconini, Sonia; Covey, R. Alan (2018). The Oxford Handbook of the Incas. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190219352.
  2. ^ a b c "First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru". Retrieved 2013-06-30.
  3. ^ a b c Vergano, Dan (June 27, 2013). "'Temple of the dead' discovered in Peru". USA Today. Retrieved June 28, 2013.

Coordinates: 10°03′00″S 78°08′00″W / 10.0500°S 78.1333°W / -10.0500; -78.1333