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This set of web pages about precolumbian iconography from the Andean coastal region of South America has been put together for the purpose of teaching courses in South American archaeology and the principles of archaeology. Brian Billman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and an associate of its Research Laboratories of Archaeology.

Remnants of monumental architecture in the Moche Valley, Peru. Once the capital of the Moche empire, the Huaca del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) was built of more than a million adobe bricks, many bearing the markers of their makers or the patrons of these ancient brick masons. Across the valley from this immense Moche pyramid, the Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon) may have been the complex of pyramids and platforms where the imperial pantheon presided. This photograph is taken from The Incas and Their Ancestors, written by Michael Moseley (1992:171) and published by Thames and Hudson of London.

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