Dios Degolladors shows a mural of the part man, part spider, decapitator figure that guards the door of a once sacred room in Huaca Cao Viejo, one of the largest pyramid in El Brujo. El Brujo is a remote complex of pyramid ruins of the Moche - a culture that ruled Peru's north coast from about A.D. 100 to 800. Digging in the Moche Valley in 1899, German Archaeologist Max Uhle was the first to realize that the region held graves and ruins of a people then unknown to historians.
Photo ID: 2004_07_ELBR_ 32
Author: Ira Block
©2005 IRA BLOCK
Published in: Science Archaeology, Peru