Graves of elite Moche people dating back to 600 AD unearthed by archaeologists

Graves containing the gruesome remains of four members of a mysterious civilization - including a mum and child - which ruled part of a country for 600 years have been unearthed.

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Archaeologists discovered graves containing the remains of four elite members of the mysterious Moche civilization
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Archaeologists also found weapons and other fascinating artifacts in the three ceremonial chambers at the Ucupe site, near the northern coast of Peru.

Members of the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan coordinated the dig, which experts say sheds an incredible light into life at around 600 or 700 AD in South America.

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Walter Alva, the museum director and archaeologist, said one grave may have belonged to a military leader as weapons and a crown were found with the remains.

Various artifacts were found in the chambers in Peru.

And the second contained skeletons of a woman and child, surrounded by copper ornaments and three ceramic urns.

The third grave belonged to a man, who is believed to be the eldest of the group, although his social status is currently unknown.

Archaeologists hope that the discovery will give insights into the social organization of the Moche civilization.

They built pyramids and temples that still stand today, and are believed to have been an advanced race despite practicing human sacrifice, but they left no written record behind.

They built pyramids and temples that still stand today, and are believed to have been an advanced race despite practicing human sacrifice, but they left no written record behind.

The Moche culture flourished in northern Peru from about 100 to 700 AD.

The Lord of Sipan is from the ancient Moche civilization.

His tomb was discovered untouched in 1987 and has provided with archaeologists with new insights into the Mohican society.

Peru has hundreds of sites that date back thousands of years and span dozens of cultures, including the ancient Incan empire that was in power when Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500s.