January 11, 2018

Moche Desert Meeting Place Uncovered in Peru

Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered a Moche site dated at 500 CE that may have been a meeting site for ancient desert leaders. The site was found at the Limon archaeological complex in Lambayeque.  Two rooms may have been used for political purposes. One appears to be a banquet hall with two thrones, which could have been for hosting feasts. The other room has a circular podium where announcements may have been made. There are murals of fish and sea lions. The site itself is depicted on Moche ceramics, and now the place depicted on the ceramics is found.
Construction appears to have halted abruptly in the sixth century. There was a super El Nino sometime between 536-594 with flooding, followed by extreme drought.

International Business Times has the report here with photos;
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1500-year-old-painted-banquet-hall-offers-rare-insight-into-perus-ancient-moche-culture-1654375

The Daily Mail has its usual great photos and a video of the site;
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5249119/Ancient-finding-Peru-sheds-light-desert-society-archaeologist.html

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