Peru has pyramids too!

Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
Trip End Jan 03, 2009

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Monday, October 27, 2008

There is another site north of Chiclayo known as Tucume. Here, there are the remains of 26 pyramids that were constructed by the Sican culture, which existed in this region after the Moche from about 700 - 1450.  They are thought to be descendants of the Moche people, but had slightly different culture.  Their ceramics were not as good, but they developed great skills in metallurgy and crafted some amazing pieces from gold and silver (and other stuff).  They originally built their capital at another site, but after a season of heavy rains due to El Nino, the city was destroyed, and they had to relocate, so they chose Tucume.  Not much is left now, but you still get a sense of how big the city was, and excavation is still ongoing.

The sican people were eventually conquered by the incas, and there is evidence of inca culture at this site also.

A lot of pieces from here are housed in the Bruning museum in Lambayeque.
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