Join in on this month’s Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum!
102 Kroeber Hall
Berkeley, California 94720.
- Learn about Moche culture and create rattles inspired by two thousand year old objects.
- This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.
- Find out more about events at the Hearst Museum by going to hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/events.
The Moche culture thrived on Peru’s northern coast between approximately 200 and 900 C.E.
Rising and falling long before the Inka, the culture left no written records, and the early Spanish colonists who chronicled the cultures of Peru found the Chimú people in what had earlier been Moche territory.
The Moche are a prime example of how archaeologists and art historians use scientific methods of data collection and evaluation in understanding ancient, non-literate cultures.
In the early 20th century, there was very little scientific excavation in Peru. Many art objects that came into museums and private collections were taken from graves and had no record of their original context. Based on this limited knowledge, scholars thought that the Moche had been a unified state that held sway over a large swath of the north coast, from near the border with modern-day Ecuador in the north to the Huarmey river valley to the south (Huarmey is approximately 180 miles north of the modern capital city of Lima). This conclusion was based on the similarity of ceramic and metal artworks being found throughout the range.