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Tomb of Moche priestess-queen found in Peru

The tomb of a Moche priestess-queen found at San José de Moro in Peru has been opened for the first time in 1,200 years. In about A.D. 750 this revered woman was buried in a large chamber some 20 feet (6 meters) beneath the ground. The earthen walls of her tomb

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

1,500-year-old Moche altar found in Peru

Archaeologists working in northwestern Peru have found an altar cut into the rock of Campana Hill. A group of Peruvian archaeologists found a 1,500-year-old altar for human sacrifices on the top of a hill in the northern region of La Libertad, the daily El Comercio reported Tuesday. The structure is located 3,250

Ancient golden monkey head returned to Peru

A golden monkey head which was looted from a Moche tomb in 1987 has been returned to the Peruvian government. US Attorney Charles Oberly's office announced Thursday a gold monkey head, made by the Moche people around 300 AD, was stolen in 1987 by robbers raiding the royal tombs in northern

Moche burials were exposed to corpse-eating bugs

I knew the phrase "corpse-eating bugs" would get your attention! Apparently the Moche  people would expose their recently deceased to corpse-eating bugs for a week before burial as an act of veneration. Insect remains littered the grave, including the shells of at least 200 blowflies, alongside corpse beetles and other flesh-eating

Hall of human sacrifices found in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered an ancient ceremonial ground used by a Pre-Columbian civilization for human sacrifices.  Photographs taken at the site show more than half a dozen skeletons on the floor of the hall."There was a great ceremonial hall or passage integrated into the rest of the architecture that

1,400-year-old Moche pyramid discovered in Peru

A 1,400-year-old Moche pyramid has been uncovered in Peru. The flat-topped pyramid, which was built by the Moche culture, was used for the living rather than just for the dead, and contains a wealth of artefacts, murals and human remains. The pyramid was discovered at Huaca Colorada, which translates as

Mythical temple found in Peru

A thousand year old temple complex has been found in northwestern Peru, near the city of Chiclayo. The discovery of the complex, excavated near the city of Chiclayo between 2006 and late 2009, has injected a dose of reality into the legend of Naylamp, the god who supposedly founded the pre-Inca