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The Moche culture lived along the Northern Peruvian coastline. Between 200BC and 700AD. Environment was rich with clay and metals. No written records were kept, also their was no major written language.

Moche Society: 

Moche Society Moche society was strongly controlled by hierarchy of priests and warriors. Their society was made up of Warrior-Priest rulers, weavers, metal smiths, potters, farmers, and fisherman. Mostly an agriculture civilization that relied on a highly developed network of canals to grow a variety of crops, such as corn, beans, peppers, peanuts and other kinds of crops. From some of the scenes that are painted on the pottery Archaeologists have been able to tell that the Moche society was very class conscious.

Moche Art Style: 

Moche Art Style Their art mostly represented ceremonies, mythology, and daily life of the Moche people. Everything from sexual acts, ill humans, warriors, and deities. Types of medium they use were clay, copper, silver, and gold. Moche artists created extraordinary gold work, textiles, ceramics, and massive architecture pieces.

Moche Ceramics : 

Moche Ceramics Their ceramics were highly structured and had identical form. Used many different techniques in building their ceramic pieces. Most of the Moche ceramics pieces were decorated with complex painting pattern know as fineline paintings. Certain kinds of pottery were limited by social class and status. Some pottery had specific ceremonial functions based social statues. Priest and warriors were to most frequently shown in ceramics.

Stir-up Vessel: 

Stir-up Vessel They have a closed body shape mounted by an arched tube that pierce it in two points, and itself pierced by a vertical spout. Molded into three-dimensional sculptural forms. Vessels would represent animals, human, mystical figures, portraits of important people, and a variety of other designs showing daily life. Mostly found in Moche burials they were used also for functional purposes.

Metal Work: 

Metal Work Many metal work techniques, such as gilding and early type of soldering. Moche used turquoises inlay techniques and wax casting. These techniques help the Moche in making chisels, spears points, fish hooks, digging sticks, tweezers and many other types of metal goods. Other types of more decorative pieces they made from metal goods were ear studs, necklaces, nose rings, masks, and helmets.


Architecture The Moche culture built large flat-topped pyramids. Made from many pieces of adobe mud brick. Used for rituals, palaces, and royal burials. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca de la Sol. They contain collections of large painted murals and friezes, also were used for tombs of Moche leaders.

Moche Religion: 

Moche Religion The Moche culture worshiped this figure known as the Decapitator. Mostly illustrate as a spider or octopus like figure, but also represented as a winded creature or a sea monster. Shown with bulged-eyes and sharp-teeth. Painted in bright yellow, red, white, and black. This deity was mostly used or shown when the Moche culture had rituals of human sacrifice.

Theories about the end of the Moche culture: 

Theories about the end of the Moche culture Climatic disaster between 550 to 600CE, thought that coastal areas were hit by 30 years of floods and rain. After another 30 year or more of drought. Many human sacrifices. Moche villages and clans groups turned on each other in a battle for limited resources of food and land.

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