National Geographic : 2002 Jun
THREE FLOORS UNDERGROUND, archaeologist William Isbell explores a llama-shaped tomb that may once have contained Wari royalty. Though thoroughly looted, the tomb, in the ancient capital of Wari, is the finest example yet found in the Wari Empire of cut-stone architecture-an artform perfected by the Tiwanaku. Both cultures revered the staff god, shown at left on a Wari pottery sherd. This powerful deity was thought to control lightning, rain, and life-sustaining crops.