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The Moche—Pyramids, Gold, and Warriors

Lecture no. 9 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America

The Moche—Pyramids, Gold, and Warriors

Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

In the first of three lectures on the Andean Moche culture, chart this civilization’s outstanding features. Discover the immense pyramids, adorned with brilliant color murals, road systems, and sophisticated art. Examine the evidence of extensive warfare, both in the art and in excavated weaponry and sacrificial victims.


November 23, 2015
We are really starting to see the near ancestors of Inca culture here. Both the good and the bad sides of the culture that clashed with the west are here. These people really brought farming to new levels and showed sophisticated class structures and art. Of course that art also shows mass warfare and the decapitation we think of when we think of the Inca as well.