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Tomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern Peru

Archaeologists working at the Huaca de la Luna have unearthed a previously unknown tomb belonging to a Moche ruler.

Tomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern PeruTomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern Peru
Tomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern Peru
Tomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern Peru
Tomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern Peru
Tomb belonging to Moche ruler unearthed in northern Peru
Continuing excavations at the famous site have unearthed a tomb with some
 peculiar artifacts [Credit: La Republica]
According to El Comercio, the tomb, which contained the remains of an adult male, held a number of objects indicating the man’s elite status.

El Comercio reports that the body was accompanied by a copper scepter similar to the one found with the Lord of Sipan. Bronze earrings, a mask, and ceremonial ceramics were also found.

The most interesting artifacts, however, were small pieces made to look like feline jaws and paws. El Comercio reports that the animal body parts may have been part of a ritual costume used in ceremonial combat.

Santiago Uceda, co-director of the digs at the Huaca de la Luna and the Huaca del Sol, told El Comercio that “The scepter signifies power; the earrings, status; and the canchero [ceremonial ceramic piece] is indicative of an elite personage.”

The archaeologist estimated that the tomb was likely around 1,500 years old, and added that “This find allows us to complement [what we know about] history. In six months, we’ll know the age and other details about these artifacts.”

The remains of the ruler are set to be examined by a forensic investigator from the United States in Trujillo, El Comercio reports.

Author: Rachel Chase | Source: Peru This Week [July 11, 2014]
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1 comment :

  1. Fascinating article. Unfortunately I see the Moche have stolen one of the ideas I have included in a novel I am writing. I wonder if I can sue??

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