The Desert Kingdoms of Peru Author:Victor W. von Hagen The civilization of the Mochicas and the Chimú, which flourished on the coast of Peru between the third century BC and the fourteenth century AD, is one of the most extraordinary eras in the history of the Americas. The Mochica and the Chimú developed remarkably high standards in art, architecture, and agriculture, and had attained a well-organi... more »zed culture long before the rise of the Incas.
The evidence of what sort of people they were and how they lived has been preserved to an exceptional degree in the sands and alluvial plains of their huge country. In particular, a large number of vivid pottery figures have survived, and these dramatically illustrate the appearance and habits of the people: their style of dress, their erotic and family life, their domestic economy, their arts and crafts. The more monumental relics of their civilization ▬ the vast, sand-covered ruins of great cities, temples, pyramids, and roads ▬ are enduring proof of their ingenuity and skill.« less