Alva, Walter. Royal tombs of Sipa?n

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Title: Royal tombs of Sipa?n

Published By: Los Angeles, Calif.: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, 1993.226 p.: ill., maps

By line: Walter Alva, Christopher B. Donnan

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2015.

Culture: Moche (SE55)

Subjects: Culture summary (105); Laboratory analysis of materials other than dating methods in archaeology (1212); Visual arts (5311); Status, role, and prestige (554); Classes (565); Military organization (701); Burial practices and funerals (764); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Following a concise overview of Moche material culture, this work is a graphics-rich catalog of excavations and artifacts recovered from three early, elite tombs at the Lambayeque Valley site of Sipán, starting with an account of the discovery by looters and archaeological rescue efforts. Full-scale scientific excavations encountered numerous challenges as well as spectacular riches. The authors begin to answer questions about the social roles of the interred individuals through a comparative examination of grave goods with the known corpus of Moche art. They describe what is known about the Sacrifice Ceremony and how it may have changed over time.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: se55-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 228)

Field Date: 1987-1990

Evaluation: Archaeologists-4, 5

Analyst: Sarah Berry; 2013

Coverage Date: 1950-1700 BP (AD 50-300)

Coverage Place: Sipán, Saña, district, Chiclayo (Lambayeque Valley), Lambayeque, Peru

LCSH: Moche (Peru)--Antiquities


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