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Ritual shield found at Moche temple

A feathered ritual shield, dating back 1,300 years, has been found at the Moche site of Pañamarca in Peru.

Its surface is covered with red-and-brown textiles along with about a dozen yellow feathers that were sewn on and appear to be from the body of a macaw. The shield would have served a ritualistic rather than a practical use, and the placement of the shield on the bench or altar appears to have been the last act carried out before this space was sealed and a new, larger, temple built on top of it.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Lisa Trever, University of California, Berkeley

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