The Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors was the dark, well-protected cave that housed an prized golden fertility idol. The temple's many defenses included spiders, spears, darts, cave-ins, and a large boulder.


Around 1935, an archaeologist named Forrestal attempted to recover the idol, but was killed by the temple's booby traps before he could discover the idol's location.[1]

In 1936, Indiana Jones successfully navigated around these dangers, retrieving the idol from its pedestal. Jones used a bag of sand to replace the idol, letting some of the sand run through his fingers as he judged the bag was slightly too heavy. The weight did not suffice, triggering the collapse of the temple. His guide, Satipo, betrayed him but was killed while attempting to escape with the idol after leaving Jones to die but the archaeologist survived, just barely avoiding a giant rolling boulder that chased him out of the temple. The idol, however, was subsequently stolen from him by a competitor.[1]

Jones returned to the temple years later to find the boulder still blocking the entrance. Searching the nearby river he uncovered an underwater network of corridors and worked his way back inside the temple, returning to the location of the idol by flooding the very pit that had almost taken his life back in 1936. While exploring the site, Jones discovered that the chamber he had visited was but part of a much larger structure – that included catacombs and other treasures beyond the original idol – which had revealed itself following the damage caused during the archaeologist's previous escape attempt.[2]


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