Archaeologists discover a new grave at the Temple of the Moon in Northern Peru

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Thursday July 17, 2014
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Huaca de la Luna or the Temple of the Moon is, along with the Huaca del Sol or the Temple of the Sun, part of Huacas de Moche, which are the ruins of ceremonial sites of the ancient Moche capital city named Cerro Blanco.

The Moche culture flourished along the Peruvian north coast between 100 AD and 800 AD.

Now archaeologists have revealed a grave with an impressive array of offerings at the Huaca de la Luna, such as peculiar ceramics of claws and jaws, ceremonial pottery, a mask and metal sheets.

The feline offers are most likely part of an attire made of animal skin, worn in ritual combat ceremonies.

They believe that it was the grave of an elite member or governor of the Moche civilization, buried towards the end of the significant culture.

Apart from the grave, they found as well two friezes, representing rows of people holding hands.

The Moche culture is well-known for their pottery, as well for their friezes in dynamic colors with dramatic war scenes and feline faces.

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