Cultures & Traditions
The regional Moche culture was dominant on the north coast of Peru from the 1st to the 8th century. This culture, known by the name of a river on the north coast of Peru, was the first state in the Andes. At its peak, about 400 CE, the Moche realm occupied an area about 370 miles long and encompassed ten contiguous river valleys. Moche art comprised enormous platform mounds constructed of adobe brick; sophisticated metallurgy in gold, silver, and bronze; and a prolific ceramic tradition that often made use of molds. Although the Moche did not have a written language, the culture is known for building the largest adobe pyramid in the Americas and for creating a distinctive art style.
Carol Robbins, "Stirrup-spout vessel with deer-hunting scenes (1969.2.McD)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, ed. Suzanne Kotz (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1997), 172.
DMA Teaching Packet, 1993.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
View an online exhibition about the Moche, "The Moche of Ancient Peru: Media and Messages."
Read about the discovery of the tomb of a Moche priestess-queen in Peru.
Read about the intricate painted murals at the site of Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon), and view detailed high resolution photos.
National University of Trujillo
Read about the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon Archaeological Project.