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Peru: 1,700-year-old Mochica ceremonial banquet hall unearthed02:28

Peru: 1,700-year-old Mochica ceremonial banquet hall unearthed

Peru, Lambayeque
January 8, 2018 at 04:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

A team of researchers from the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan unearthed a pre-Hispanic Mochica site, alongside artifacts and human remains in Lambayeque, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Chiclayo on Sunday. The area is believed to have been used as a ceremonial banquet hall by the ancient Mochica civilization that ruled Peru almost two thousand years ago. Chief archaeologist Walter Alva said that the discovery was of "transcendental importance" as it provides an insight into the mysterious Andean civilization."It shows us the sumptuousness of the surroundings of that time," said Alva, adding that the recovered protocol banquet hall was often used for award ceremonies by Mochica rulers. Footage captured what appeared to be throne podiums, decorated with fish scenes, which are thought to have signify a level of hierarchy in the meetings."The throne with two steps is for a character of lower rank as seen in the art and the high throne is for the main character that receives the honours and the offerings and presides over the banquet," Alva explained.The site was built about 1,700 years ago and dates back to the Middle Mochica period (300-400 AD). It is believed to have been intentionally buried during the decline of Mochica civilization.

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A team of researchers from the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan unearthed a pre-Hispanic Mochica site, alongside artifacts and human remains in Lambayeque, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Chiclayo on Sunday. The area is believed to have been used as a ceremonial banquet hall by the ancient Mochica civilization that ruled Peru almost two thousand years ago. Chief archaeologist Walter Alva said that the discovery was of "transcendental importance" as it provides an insight into the mysterious Andean civilization."It shows us the sumptuousness of the surroundings of that time," said Alva, adding that the recovered protocol banquet hall was often used for award ceremonies by Mochica rulers. Footage captured what appeared to be throne podiums, decorated with fish scenes, which are thought to have signify a level of hierarchy in the meetings."The throne with two steps is for a character of lower rank as seen in the art and the high throne is for the main character that receives the honours and the offerings and presides over the banquet," Alva explained.The site was built about 1,700 years ago and dates back to the Middle Mochica period (300-400 AD). It is believed to have been intentionally buried during the decline of Mochica civilization.

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