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Lords of Sipan.
New York : Morrow, c1992
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|Description:||256 p. : col. ill., maps ; 25 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Sidney D. Kirkpatrick.|
ten-year crusade to protect Peru's monuments of the past. What he did not know was that the looted artifacts had already been smuggled out of Peru and into England for re-transport to Los Angeles, where they would be sold to wealthy art collectors and dealers. At Sipan itself, the police, fearing for his safety, were demanding that Alva abandon his search for objects the looters might have missed. His own colleagues were also urging him to leave, believing he was wasting.
precious resources on an excavation doomed to failure. In the midst of this crisis, Christopher Donnan, the world's most respected Moche scholar, arrived with much-needed cash, supplies, and encouragement, along with the news that the precious artifacts were already in the hands of collectors and dealers. Donnan's information proved correct, for in the months to come, looted artifacts reached the hands of Los Angeles Museum of Art trustee Ben Johnson and Nobel.
Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Man. In fact, many of the objects would soon go on display at the prestigious Santa Barbara Art Museum. Meanwhile, U.S. Customs agents had begun an investigation into the smuggling operation, and in March 1988, their unprecedented seizure of pre-Columbian antiquities sent shock waves through the art world. When reports of the raid reached Peru, Alva was having a celebration of his own. The pyramid at Sipan was not the burial place of a.
single Moche lord but was, like the Valley of Kings of ancient Egypt, a necropolis containing many lords. At least three tombs, richer in gold and silver than any other site excavated in the Americas, remained intact. To protect their discovery, Alva and his men put down their shovels and picked up guns, confronting the looters and winning their support. Police and Customs agents, however, were much less successful in their efforts to gain the return of the stolen.
artifacts. A controversial U.S. court decision resulted in the forfeiture to Peru of only 250 of the nearly 3,000 precious objects seized by the police. But an important precedent was set, serious questions were raised about private ownership of national treasures, and the first conviction in U.S. history for smuggling pre-Columbian art was obtained.
- Huaca Rajada Site (Sipán, Peru)
- Mochica Indians -- Kings and rulers.
- Mochica Indians -- Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
- Mochica goldwork.
- Archaeological thefts -- Peru -- Sipán.
- Excavations (Archaeology) -- Peru -- Sipán.
- Sipán (Peru) -- Antiquities.
- Mochica (Indiens) -- Antiquités -- Conservation et restauration.
- Mochica (Indiens) -- Rois et souverains.
- Fouilles archéologiques -- Pérou -- Sipán (Lambayeque).
- Antiquités -- Vol 2 -- Pérou -- Sipán (Lambayeque).
- Sipán (Pérou, Lambayeque;site archéologique).
- Huaca Rajada (Pérou, Lambayeque;site archéologique).
- Archaeological thefts.
- Excavations (Archaeology)
- Peru -- Sipán.
- Peru -- Sipán -- Huaca Rajada Site.