Out in the Streets of Moche

Urbanism and Sociopolitical Organization at a Moche IV Urban Center
  • Claude Chapdelaine

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present new archaeological discoveries made over five years (1995–1999) at the site I call “Huacas of Moche” (also known in the literature as Moche and as Huaca del Sol-Huaca de la Luna). The Huacas of Moche site has a long history of occupation, going back to at least several centuries before Christ (Bawden 1996). I will concentrate on the latest occupations, all related to phase IV in the relative chronological framework of Moche Civilization. In absolute time I am dealing with the period between AD 400–700. I focus this paper on the new architectural and organizational understanding that has been achieved of this unique precolumbian center located in the lower part of the Moche Valley.

Keywords

Clay Charcoal Excavation Pyramid Fishing 

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