Unknown Moche ruler’s tomb unearthed in Peru

Archaeologists excavating in the Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) complex in northern Peru, have unearthed a previously unknown Moche ruler’s tomb, which was filled with artefacts symbolising his status.

One of the most intriguing of the artefacts were ceramics in the shape of feline paws, this may have been a part of a ritual costume worn during combat.

The other discoveries include ceremonial ceramics, a copper scepter, a mask and bronze earrings.

Co-director of the digs at the Huaca de la Luna, Santiago Uceda says “The scepter signifies power; the earrings, status; and the canchero [ceremonial ceramic piece] is indicative of an elite personage.”

The tomb is estimated as being 1,500 years old.


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