The Skeletons of Olmos, Part II: Racing Against the Storm
Haagen Klaus studies the ancient and mysterious remains of societies along Peru’s northern coastal areas. A recent project has seen him racing against the clock in the modern-day town of Olmos to rescue skeletons from a looming construction project and the scathing rains of El Niño.
When we arrived in Olmos, Peru, we were homeless. Before beginning our work with the skeletons, we had to find a place to live. For the last few years, I had been renting a house in Ferreñafe as our base of operations, but that was a four-hour round-trip commute from the current research site. The next best thing was one of the recommended hotels in Olmos. I looked over the place very carefully, and it seemed okay. We moved into our rooms on a hot Sunday afternoon, ready to get to work in about 15 hours. Dark storm clouds were in the distance, just to our east over the Andean highlands. Massive anvil-shaped thunderheads were building, towering into the sky. As awe-inspiring as such cloud formations were, they made me —> Read More Here