National Geographic : 1974 Jan
Treasures sown by the ancients stir a gold rush in Colombia, where precious artifacts hide in seem ingly countless Indian graves. Tunneling 23 feet down, a guaquero-graveseeker-sifts through a tomb that yields only a clay pot (above). Equally luckless, another strides homeward (right) with empty containers and a tool he uses to probe promising sites. Such a day brings no dismay to these treasure hunters. Tomorrow may bring a bonanza such as the toothy jaguar in Bogota's Gold Museum (below). It would fetch perhaps $50,000 in today's booming art market.