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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #85739: The Moche of Peru
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    The Moche of Peru

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    This was a society with many of the of a great civilisation. The Moche built great cities with massive architecture. They had a powerful and religious elite and they supported an artistic capable of producing spectacular pottery and metalwork. But then, around 650 AD, there is a . Archaeologists found evidence that the cities had been and this extraordinary civilisation seemed to into the desert. The rise and fall of the Moche tantalising questions. How had they created such a civilisation in the desert ? What of society was it? And most of all, what had happened to them? The problems scientists faced was that much about the Moche was still in mystery. They left no written record and the people today have knowledge of the distant past. Then, archaeologists came across a new out in the desert. Here they found signs of more Moche construction : an elaborate system of irrigation . Mud-brick aqueducts carried water of kilometres. Many are still in today. This was how the Moche had the desert, brought water to their and grown the crops that them. But what was still missing was any real into how Moche society worked. There was, , one important set of clues. The Moche left an rich record of images and stories on pots and vessels. Many appear to everyday scenes from the world around them but there were others that are more . They appear to depict scenes from an elaborate : a form of battle.

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