The Resource Lords of Sipan : a tale of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology, and crime, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

Lords of Sipan : a tale of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology, and crime, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

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Lords of Sipan : a tale of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology, and crime
Title
Lords of Sipan
Title remainder
a tale of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology, and crime
Statement of responsibility
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In January 1987, archaeologist and museum curator Dr. Walter Alva was asked to examine a collection of strange artifacts found in the home of a poor grave robber on Peru's remote north coast. The subsequent police inquiry traced the cache to an ancient pyramid at Sipan, where looters had plundered a royal tomb of a little-known civilization called the Moche. This ransacking of the New World's richest archaeological discovery devastated Alva, who had been conducting a
  • 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
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kirkpatrick, Sidney
Dewey number
985/.15
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F3430.1.M6
LC item number
K57 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Huaca Rajada Site (Sipán, Peru)
  • Mochica Indians
  • Mochica Indians
  • Mochica goldwork
  • Archaeological thefts
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Sipán (Peru)
Label
Lords of Sipan : a tale of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology, and crime, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Seeds from heaven -- House of the moon -- Temple of the fanged deity -- Lord of Sipan -- High priest of Sipan -- Old lord of Sipan -- Epilogue
Control code
ocm26256154
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780688103965
Lccn
92022965
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)26256154
Label
Lords of Sipan : a tale of pre-Inca tombs, archaeology, and crime, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Seeds from heaven -- House of the moon -- Temple of the fanged deity -- Lord of Sipan -- High priest of Sipan -- Old lord of Sipan -- Epilogue
Control code
ocm26256154
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780688103965
Lccn
92022965
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)26256154

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