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

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The nose ornament protruding from one of the Lord of Ucupe's two funerary masks--the one that touched his face--is in the simpler, middle-Moche style. Because such artifacts were found layered with early-Moche-style objects, archaeologist Steve Bourget believes the entombment took place at a time of cultural transition.

The lord may have been one of the first of a new generation of leaders, Bourget suggests. And the tomb's stylistic mix may have been a way for his dominion to connect with--and derive legitimacy from--past powers while still aligning with more "advanced" Moche settlements.
—Photograph courtesy Dr. Steve Bourget
 
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