National Geographic : 1975 Sep
HO TO SAVMOEONYU PHN BILL #4 0ak advata. A f th ne 1-minute000OS0 0 *i t rt t S *e* . - S00 Aftr 1 0~~e s all da Saura and Suda uni p. m. a one-minut d-drc caltoanSte stt in the U.S cp AlsaadHa aio Treasures from the tomb reveal Chan Chan's past Carbon-impregnated black ceramic vessel bears witness to an ancient kingdom as rich as a pharaoh's. Chan Chan, pre-Columbian capital of Chimor on the coastal desert of northern Peru, has yielded treasures for 500 years. Conquering Incas looted it in the 15th century. Conquistadores mined it for gold artifacts. Pedro Pizarro found a doorway slabbed with silver. Huaqueros-grave robbers-have been tunneling into the ruins ever since. A maze of mud-brick walls enclosed nine spacious compounds. These served successive monarchs as palaces in life, as shrines in death. Huge adobe platforms honey combed with chambers entombed kings, hoards of treasure, and human skeletons "stacked like cordwood"-bones of young women. They were apparently sacrificed to tend royal needs in the afterlife. Threatened by squatters, Chan Chan might have remained an enigma had not archeologists sponsored by the Society completely mapped and extensively excavated the city, puzzling out its past. Digging for facts rewards readers every month in the pages of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036 Free Catalog...