PHOTOS: Ancient "King of Bling" Tomb Revealed in Peru

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After brushing away layers of dirt in the newfound tomb and removing the first of many V-shaped, golden diadems, researchers opened a large reed-and-textile bundle to find this: the first of multiple layers of treasure atop the Lord of Ucupe, who ruled 1,500 years ago during the middle Moche period.

Here, a funerary mask in early Moche style (see first picture for a closer look) is shown as the archaeologists first found it in June 2008. Tucked alongside are spangled crowns and another diadem with jagged, curling tendrils.
—Photograph courtesy Dr. Steve Bourget
 
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