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Lords of Sipan: A Tale of Pre-Inca Tombs, Archaeology, and Crime

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In January 1987, archaeologist and museum curator Dr. Walter Alva was asked to examine a collection of strange artifacts found in the home of a poor grave robber on Peru's remote north coast. The subsequent police inquiry traced the cache to an ancient pyramid at Sipan, where looters had plundered a royal tomb of a little-known civilization called the Moche. This ransackin ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Henry Holt & Company (first published October 1992)
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Description: In January 1987, archaeologist and museum curator Dr. Walter Alva was asked to examine a collection of strange artifacts found in the home of a poor grave robber on Peru's remote north coast. The subsequent police inquiry traced the cache to an ancient pyramid at Sipan, where looters had plundered a royal tomb of a little-known civilization called the Moche. This ransacking of the New World's richest archaeological discovery devastated Alva, who had been conducting a ten-year crusad
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Michael Gerald
Jan 01, 2015 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, fired up by the Indiana Jones movies, I wanted to become an archaeologist. I thought that being an archaeologist meant having swashbuckling adventures.

Later, I learned that archaeology is a serious field of study and involves conducting careful research, both in a university and in the field.

But when I first read a condensed version of this book in Reader's Digest, I learned that archaeology is a serious discipline and also an adventure. Then just this year, I found a rare har
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Lee
Feb 08, 2012 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A good book detailing how a Peruvian Archaeologist helped save an ancient Mochan tomb from tomb raiders. The raiders had started to plunder the tomb but with minimal help and a lot of pluck Walter Alva is able to save the site and find the first intact Mochan royal burial. The parallel story line covers the smuggling and sale of Peruvian artifacts to well heeled Western investors.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Couldn't put this one down-- a true account of one archaeologist's race against tomb robbers in Peru to uncover and preserve the remains of a Moche burial. Fascinating!
Wanda
Nov 10, 2015 Wanda marked it as to-read
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie☯
10 NOV 2015 - spied on Bettie's feed. This sounds super!
Linda
Apr 05, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is "A true story of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology and crime.

I learned of this book through a course that I am listening too from the Great Courses. I really enjoyed reading about the work that is still ongoing in the archaeology of Peru. My only complaint with this book is it seemed that toward the end the author got tired of writing. It seemed suddenly it was just "The End" without some of the conclusions needing to be made. That being said however, it is a starting point for me to do
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Meredith
Dec 01, 2015 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As someone who has been to Peru and even to Manchu Pichu, I was drawn to this story. It's heartrendingly similar to the Egyptian experience - priceless archaeology site, people who are wanting to survive, and the out country rich wanting to own this precious history, careless of how they play into ruining what we can learn about the history of the people of Sipan.

The writing is... alright, but lacks the skill with turning a phrase. Because of that, my own interest in the topic had to keep me en
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Debra Belmudes
The storyline was interesting, but read like a dull history book. Making matters worse was the narrator. On the positive side, I learned a lot from this book and continue to find archaeology a fascinating subject. I could easily see this story in a Clive Cussler or James Rollins book!
Phil
Sep 04, 2015 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an interesting book if one is interested in pre-Inca archeology. Fascinating procedures and discovery!
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