Rising Popularity Leads to Record Numbers at Sipán Royal Tombs Museum

The tomb of the Lord of Sipán is considered to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the last 30 years. Dating back to the Moche culture, which ruled over northern Peru's desert coast two thousand years ago, it is one of the few of its kind which had not been looted. Many travelers pass through this part of Peru specifically to see the adobe mudbrick pyramids and aqueducts which still mark the countryside, and the intricate Moche nose rings, ear studs, necklaces, and helmets skillfully inlaid with precious stones. Although the tomb itself is still under excavation, a mockup of the tomb, with replicas of the priceless head-dress, breastplates, and grave offerings (including many ceramic pieces with individual faces) is open to the public.

The Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum in Lambayeque, which exhibits the objects found in the Moche ruler's final resting place, has announced that by the end of this year it will have received more than 180,000 tourists, which would be a record for the museum since its opening a decade ago. Up to November of this year, 176,719 visitors have arrived at the museum, of which 157,547 were nationals and 19,172 foreigners. This represents a 12% growth in visitors compared to 2011.

There is another reason for the current optimism at the museum as well. Plans are underway to construct a pavilion next year so that the museum would be able to display temporary exhibitions as well.  "We want this to be a center of promotion and diffusion of the cultura universal. That this museum never stops presenting discoveries, cultural testimonies from other areas of Perú and of the world, museum director Walter Alva declared to Peruvian news agency Andina.

Inca World Team
Publication date: 22 Dic 2012
Sources: <a href=" https://plus.google.com/u/0/107060027985626386869/about?tab=XX?rel=author">Carla Colon</a>

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