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The Art and Archaeology of the Moche

The Art and Archaeology of the Moche


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Renowned for their monumental architecture and rich visual culture, the Moche inhabited the north coast of Peru during the Early Intermediate Period (AD 100-800). Archaeological discoveries over the past century and the dissemination of Moche artifacts to museums around the world have given rise to a widespread and continually increasing fascination with this complex culture, which expressed its beliefs about the human and supernatural worlds through finely crafted ceramic and metal objects of striking realism and visual sophistication.

In this standard-setting work, an international, multidisciplinary team of scholars who are at the forefront of Moche research present a state-of-the-art overview of Moche culture. The contributors address various issues of Moche society, religion, and material culture based on multiple lines of evidence and methodologies, including iconographic studies, archaeological investigations, and forensic analyses. Some of the articles present the results of long-term studies of major issues in Moche iconography, while others focus on more specifically defined topics such as site studies, the influence of El Niño/Southern Oscillation on Moche society, the nature of Moche warfare and sacrifice, and the role of Moche visual culture in decoding social and political frameworks.


About the Author:

Steve Bourget is Associate Professor of Pre-Columbian Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kimberly L. Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in Pre-Columbian Art at the University of Texas at Austin.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780292718678
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publisher Imprint: University of Texas Press
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 28 mm
  • Weight: 1205 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0292718675
  • Publisher Date: 01 Dec 2008
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 284 mm
  • No of Pages: 315
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast
  • Width: 224 mm


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