Three queens were buried with golden treasures and human sacrifices.
It was a stunning discovery: the first unlooted imperial tomb of the*Wari, the ancient civilization that built*South America's earliest empire between 700 and 1000 A.D. Yet it wasn't happiness that*Milosz Giersz*felt when he first glimpsed gold in the dim recesses of the burial chamber in northern Peru.
Images of winged, supernatural beings adorn a pair of heavy gold-and-silver ear ornaments that one high-ranking Wari woman wore to her grave in the imperial tomb at El Castillo de Huarmey.* In all, the archaeological team found the remains of 63 individuals, including three Wari queens.