Waka Huaca

5 generations of Moche rule

Last week, I took my first visit to Huaca de la Luna. The Moche once used this platform mound as an administrative center for religious rituals and political ceremonies. The Huaca walls are covered with ancient architecture and art from generations of Moche governments. Every time a new person would come into power, the new government would construct a new building and sculpt new paintings to commemorate the new ruler. However, they would not destroy the previous buildings or art from the old government. Instead, they would simply build on top of it or over it. The old government's architecture and art became a sort of memorial to signify the past; which, in my opinion is much better than "out with the old, in with the new" type of mentality.

The Huaca de la Luna also produces all of the skeletal material that Professor Gagnon, Nicholas Gibaldi and I are analyzing in the Museum right next door to the Huaca. It was so cool to connect the skeletons to the cultural place in which they came. It made the skeletons seem much more present than stuck in the past.

 

Author: celeste.gagnon

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