Peru marks 30th anniversary of Lord of Sipan discovery

Representación del Señor de Sipán y su séquito

Representación del Señor de Sipán y su séquito

17:57 | Chiclayo (Lambayeque), Jul. 20.

Peru's northern Lambayeque region celebrated the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Lord of Sipan —leader of pre-Inca civilization Moche.

Held at Huaca Rajada-Sipan Museum, the event saw the presence of Culture Minister Salvador del Solar Labarthe.

The first activity included a tour of the site's major platform containing tombs of top Moche people.

The tour was led by archaeologist Walter Alva —leading excavator of Moche tombs— who took Del Solar and local authorities to main mausoleums while sharing unknown details of the finding.

Sipan's bust and real face —rebuilt by forensic anthropology experts from Brazil and Peru, based on bone scans of the royal warrior— were shown during the ceremony.

Famed Egyptologist visits the site

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass Hawass has made major discoveries over the course of his career, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis, among others.

During his visit, he was amazed by the discovery and conservation of grave goods of Lord of Sipan, a Moche culture monarch that ruled 1,700 years ago. 

The gathering took place within the framework of the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb. 

As is known, the ruler's grave was discovered by Peruvian archaeologists Walter Alva and Luis Chero Zurita in 1987. 

Published: 7/20/2017
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