Peruvian Cave Filled with Pre-Hispanic Artifacts Sparks Concerns of Alien Believers and Black Market Trade

A cave in Peru’s Nazca region, filled with hundreds of pre-Hispanic artifacts, has become the center of attention for both alien believers and grave robbers. Leandro Rivera, who stumbled upon the cave by chance, discovered human remains with elongated heads and three-fingered hands, fueling speculation about extraterrestrial life. Rivera, now imprisoned for his actions, had been selling the artifacts on the black market. The recent appearance of two deformed mummies from the cave at UFO-related hearings in Mexico has further brought this story into the spotlight.

Mexican journalist and UFO enthusiast Jaime Maussan showcased the mummies as evidence of life beyond Earth. However, scientists have dismissed his claims. Rivera admitted to removing around 200 sets of remains from the cave before being apprehended, with some of them smuggled to France, Spain, and Russia. The scale of these sales has raised concerns about the thriving black market for stolen archaeological treasures in Peru.

Experts explain that mummies and other pre-Hispanic artifacts command high prices on the black market. Despite Peru’s efforts to control this trade, the incident involving the mummies brought to Mexico raises questions about the effectiveness of government measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the trafficking of cultural items worldwide, as black market peddlers have taken advantage of the shift to online sales, providing them with more privacy than in-person transactions.

Enrique Lopez-Hurtado, former coordinator of the culture sector of UNESCO Peru, highlights the role of social networks in facilitating the sale of illegally obtained artworks and antiques. He notes that this illicit trade has increased during the pandemic. Peru faces challenges in preventing looted items from leaving the country due to its extensive borders and numerous border crossings. At Lima’s international airport, cultural material is monitored through x-ray scanners, but the majority of offenders are tourists who often claim ignorance, resulting in no criminal action being taken.

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