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

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This gilded-copper diadem, or royal headband, was found bundled with the Moche Lord of Ucupe. An unprecedented 11 diadems accompanied the ancient ruler, including one folded in half and placed atop war clubs to form a mat for the lord's body.

Each diadem is different and may have served a distinct purpose, said archaeologist Steve Bourget. The diadem above, for example, may have helped mark the lord as holding a key position in a then newly prominent Moche sacrifice ritual, Bourget speculates.
—Photograph courtesy Dr. Steve Bourget
 
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