History Project

Secrets Of Ancient Peru

Season 1, Episode 8 of 10

A story of savagery, brilliance, mystery and splendor told through the eyes of archaeologists excavating the newly discovered Moche tombs, in the desert of Northern Peru. As the film investigates the bizarre lives of this unknown civilization, it reveals that their ancient rituals still exist today. In 2001 archaeologists digging in Trujillo, a small town on the northern coast of Peru, uncovered a residential compound beneath the biggest mud brick structures ever to be built - the mighty Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. The compound was once a massive city for a mysterious civilization known as the Moche, named after the Moche River that runs through the ancient city. Until now, all we knew about the Moche was that they were very talented artists who created elaborate metal and clay sculptures. Mysteriously, they seemed to live in an entirely wordless world and only used pictures to decorate their creations - leaving a riddle for archaeologists to solve. Secrets of Ancient Peru tells the story of the untold lives of the Moche people through the eyes of archaeologist Santiago Uceda as he excavates the crypts beneath the Pyramid of the Moon. Produced by the superb team from Natural History New Zealand.

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