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Greed v's history and collectors,
This review is from: Lords of Sipan: A Tale of Pre-Inca Tombs, Archaeology, and Crime (Paperback)In January 1987 a group of tomb robbers at Huaca Rajada on Peru's north coast had their dreams come true. They stumbled on a pre-Inca tomb of unsurpassed wealth (read: gold) at a site everybody else had written off as already having been plundered. Unfortunatley, for them, greed was their undoing.
What they did manage to sell on the market was mostly exported out of Peru before the archaeolgists at the local museum found out what was going on.
This book details an investigation into international art smuggling, and the parallel investigation into the Moche site that the tomb robbers had found and the archaeologists later excavated.
In style, this book is esentially an extended magazine article. The text is quite large and easy to read. It's not really a big book. There is a colour picture section in the center of the book, but it can't really be called an academic book. In my view what really lets this work down is the lack of drawings etc of the historical site and excavation that they are talking about in the text.
If you've never read any books on the Moche before (and I haven't except the occasional magazine article), this book leaves you feeling somewhat dissasisfied because you want to know *more*, but it's a great introduction and overview to a series of very important events in re-discovering this ancient civilisation.