Posted by: Ali | April 21, 2010


Túcume is an archaeological site near Chiclayo that is sooo off the beaten path.  We had to drive along the side of a river for forty five minutes before arriving at a series of piles of dirt.

Túcume is a set of ruins built by the Sicán culture, same as the Lords of Sican (read other post).  These guys were REALLY good at building pyramids, and over the course of their evolution migrated to a few different locations, where they improved their building techniques.  Batan Grande, where the Lords of Sicán were found, was their first site, and Túcume was their third.  By the time they got to Túcume, they were really, really good at building pyramids, so in Túcume archaeologists have identified TWENTY SIX different pyramids all built within the same valley.  Historians think that they were all used at the same time as residences for the local lords whenever they had their general meetings.

The really interesting part is that in one of the pyramids, they uncovered evidence that the same pyramid had distinctive designs and building styles from the Moche (100-700AD), Sicán (750-1350AD), and Inca (1400-1600AD) cultures, in the same building.  Which is very weird.

Unfortunately, El Niño has wreaked havoc on the pyramids, so most of them have eroded almost beyond recognition.  In order to really appreciate the site, you need to climb to the top of a large hill, called Purgatory Hill, and scan the valley to just imagine what it might have looked like.

Very cool, pictures to come.


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