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The Sican—Goldsmiths of the Northern Coast

Lecture no. 16 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America

The Sican—Goldsmiths of the Northern Coast

Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Contrasting with the Chimú, Sican civilization comprised a confederation of equal and independent city-states. Study the apparent Moche influence in Sican pyramid building, elaborate burial styles, and extensive human sacrifice. Observe the unique qualities of Sican art in the mastery of metallurgy and stunning ritual objects in ceramic, gold, and copper.


December 3, 2015
Molded metals are a foreign concept to me. Then again much of South American culture and technology seems very foreign. This group had excellent resources, amazing skills and not much defense. As anyone who has played Civilization can tell you, they were just asking to be conquered.