Haucas del Sol y Huaca de la Luna

Trip Start Jan 23, 2008
Trip End May 23, 2008

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Today we visited the other significant Moche site in the area, the Huacas Sol y Luna. With limited time, I was questioning whether to visit another Moche site, when there are other archeological sites from other civilizations.

We are SO glad that we went here. The Sipan site we visited the week before was largely eroded. However, this site has been largely preserved by the drier climate and shifting desert sand, allowing us to glimpse the impressive architecture and iconogrpahy.

Interestingly, the Moche built over their structures (and all the associated artwork) several times over the several centuries that they occupied the site, so that the final structure was the largest structure in the western hemisphere in about 600 AD. There are a few explanations for the continual building: perhaps they built over the structure each time an important ruler or preist died. Perhaps they had to reinforce the structure becasue of earthquakes or erosion. Perhaps they had to keep the population busy building so they didnīt have time to form a democracy. Who knows, but all those layers of mud bricks has protected the artwork within.

The excavation and interpretation still continues today.
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