Feature: Lost Treasures

The treasures of Tiwanaku have literally been scattered to the four corners of the earth. Its gold was looted by the Spanish, and early stone and pottery finds were sometimes destroyed by religious zealots who considered them pagan idols. Some of the work found its way to European museums.

Fortunately, a portion of the treasure has been preserved, and some of it remains in Bolivia. A few of the larger anthropomorphic stone statues have been left on the site, and the onsite museums have a decent collection of pottery and other objects. Others are on display at the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Tiwanaku in La Paz.