National Geographic : 2014 Jun
Palace area Hill Tomb Platform Inside a Wari Tomb After conquering the local lords, the Wari raised a massive imperial tomb at El Castillo. With its crimson-painted walls, this sacred building could be seen for miles around, a constant reminder of the might of the new regime. In the lowest level the Wari interred 58 noblewomen, including 4 queens or princesses. In a chamber above, archaeologists found a throne for displaying the mummy of an important person—possibly the Wari emperor. Builders carved a burial chamber into the rocky summit. The tomb remained open for several months while it was being filled with mummified bodies. Workers expanded the platform, sealed the burial chamber with tons of gravel and a layer of brick, then built rooms above for mummies and offerings. A nobleman leads a ceremonial procession to carry a mummy bundle to a burial site. Mummy bundles and offerings Warrior Phase 1 platform Phase 2 platform Adobe bricks Stone FERNANDO G. BAPTISTA AND DANIELA SANTAMARINA, NGM STAFF; AMANDA HOBBS SOURCE: MIŁOSZ GIERSZ, UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW PHASE 1 PHASE 2 See an animated graphic on our digital editions.