Just east of a prominent, freestanding hill, the Cerro Blanco (White Mountain) and next to a small tributary of the Moche River. It occupies a central location within the extensive Moche Valley. The complex sits about three miles inland, southeast of the modern city of Trujillo and it is considered by many scholars to be the former capital of the Moche State.
Wall at Huaca de la Luna or Temple od the Moon
The complex is dominated by two huge adobe brick buildings: the Pyramid of the Sun, or Temple of the Sun, and the artificial platform called Huaca de la Luna, or Temple of the Moon. On the quarter-mile-wide, open plain between them, researchers have found many graves, most of them looted, as well as evidence of large scale manufacturing covered by a layer of sediment up to 10 feet thick. A considerable number of administrators, religious, and manufacturing specialists must have been living at this great prehispanic settlement. Like most prehispanic sites on the coast, it is located so as not to usurp agricultural land and in a good position to acquire food, building material and other resources.
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