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The Lord of Sipan, "King Tutankhamen of the Americas" in Chiclayo, Peru

Sipan Tomb

The Lord of Sipan reigned approximately 200 A.D.

The Lord of Sipan was revealed to the world in 1987. He reigned approximately 200 A.D. and died about 40 years of age. Sipan is located in the northern part of Peru, close to the coast, in the middle of Lambayeque Valley, 35 Kms. at east of Chiclayo. Four tombs have been found in Sipan's Huaca Rajada, the huaca is a mausoleum built by the Moche culture that ruled the northern coast of Peru from the time of Christ to 700 AD, centuries prior to the Incas.

It has been dubbed “The Golden Wonder” by Times magazine, and National Geographic has published an article named “Discovering the Richest Tomb in the New World”. It represents, without a doubt, the most important archaeological finding of recent times, and the collection has traveled throughout the world in a series of impressive expos in Europe, the USA and Japan.

The Lord of Sipan
The Lord of Sipan

"It's astonishing,"
"This is far and away the best preserved Moche mummy that has ever been found."
They say items found alongside female hint that she was a warrior.

Sipan's treasures show us the Moche culture's ability with several metals: gold, silver, copper and precious stones in fine quality and a mastery in metallurgy unrivaled in the Americas: masks, necklaces, earrings and other elaborate jewelry.

The Moche treasures are exhibited in the Bruning Museum in the city of Lambayeque, only a few miles from Chiclayo. The city also has a fascinating herb market, with all the natural remedies used by the regions's traditional healers.



One of the most spectacular items found in the tomb of the "Old Lord of Sipan" was a necklace composed of ten gold beads, each depicting a spider in the center of its web with a body in the form of a human head.


Necklace of gold/silver peanut beads



Warrior Ear Ornament

Found in the Tomb of the Lord, representing his Duties in Life


Below: Tessellations made by repeating a Sipan Mask


Below: Tessellations made by repeating a Warrior ear.


Below: Tessellations made by repeating a necklace Spiderman.


Below:  Tessellations made by repeating a peanut bead.


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Last updated: June 4, 2008