PHOTOS: Ancient "King of Bling" Tomb Revealed in Peru

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Beneath the early-Moche funerary mask lay this middle-Moche mask, complete with nose ornament, photographed during the June 2008 dig in northern Peru. Another V-shaped diadem crosses the Lord of Ucupe's chest. Lower in the photo are four thin, flattened crowns and the first signs of his shining tunic, which was strung with small metal plates.

The tomb complex was found at the base of a mud-brick pyramid--long since eroded into a high mound--in coastal Peru's arid north, where the highly agricultural Moche thrived from A.D. 100 to 800.
—Photograph courtesy Dr. Steve Bourget
 
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