Very Peculiar Artifacts Discovered In Ancient Tomb Of A Mochica Ruler
Archaeologists have unearthed several very peculiar artifacts in an ancient tomb that belonged to a powerful Mochica ruler. The tomb is about 1,500 years old and contains among other things odd metal claws and a pyramid-shaped copper scepter.
Two thousand years ago a mysterious and little known civilization ruled the northern coast of Peru. Its people were called the Moche.
The name is taken from the great site of Moche, in the river valley of the same name, which appears to have been the capital or chief city of the Moche peoples. Their settlements extended along the hot, arid coast of northern Peru from the Lambayeque River valley south for more than 215 miles (350 km) to the Nepeña River valley.