Feasts and Ritual Practices at San Jose de Moro during the Late Moche Period

Author(s): Julio Saldaña; Luis Jaime Castillo

Year: 2016


San Jose de Moro is an archaeological site with a long cultural sequence of near 1000 years. The first activities performed at this site were funerary, since a high quantity of funeral contexts and remains of ceremonial activity were found. During the Late Mochica Period, the site was used as sepulcher for high rank individuals who performed ritual roles for the development of the society. In the last eight field seasons at the site, three important chamber tombs have been found. They were surrounded by extensive evidence of mass production of food and beverage. Based on this we can assume the realization of important ritual activities that followed the burial of elite characters from the Late Moche society.

In this poster we plan to characterize the nature of the activities that were carried out at San Jose de Moro during and after the burial of the so-called Priests and Priestesses. Also we intend to determine the scale of these activities as well as the way that they evolved through time based on the study of the stratigraphy from the excavations.

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Feasts and Ritual Practices at San Jose de Moro during the Late Moche Period. Julio Saldaña, Luis Jaime Castillo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404720)

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Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;