Photograph of a gold head bead buried in the Moche royal tomb treasure of the Old Lord of Sipan, Northern Peru
Photograph of a gold head ornament buried in the Moche (Mochica) royal tomb treasure of the Old Lord of Sipan in the Lambayeque Valley of Northern Peru. The metalwork sculpture head is a 2-inch bead from a set of ten beads that made a necklace for the warrior priest Old Lord of Sipan. The bead is resting on gilded copper jewelry (now corroded green) and beads. The Sipan tombs are the richest archeology excavation site ever found in the Americas or New World. The pyramid or platform (huaca) is excavated by archeologist Walter Alva of the Bruning Museum in Lambayeque. The huaca is built of adobe mud bricks. The Moche culture began about 200 B.C., lasting to about 1000 A.C. Photograph by Nathan Benn taken September, 1989.