Sunday, August 17, 2008

Looting - Huaqueando

Photo taken at the Archaeological Complex of Acaray in the Huaura Valley, Peru. Human remains scatter the surface of looted cemeteries, left behind by huaqueros. Looters dig for tombs and mummy bundles, which they pull apart to remove the textiles and other contents that can be sold to collectors. In this valley, Chancay textiles are highly valued. What gets left behind are the human bodies, torn apart and left to decay and disappear.
Photo by Margaret Brown Vega, 2003.

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