1,500 year old ‘battle claws’ discovered in Peru
A pair of sharpened metal claws, believed to have been used in ritual combat, has been unearthed by archaeologists in Peru.
The artefact, believed to hail from the ancient Moche civilisation, was found in a nobleman's tomb in northern Peru.
Experts were digging at the site of the Huaca de la Luna near the city of Trujillo when they uncovered the claws along with a sceptre, earrings and a mask.
Researchers have speculated that the claws, clearly designed for combat, would have been attached to a full-body costume made from animal skin.
The weapons would have been involved in a ritual battle between two men, in which the winner was given a pair of the claws as a prize, and the loser was sacrificed to the gods.
It is believed the find could be more than 1,500 years old. The Moche civilisation, centred around Trujillo, pre-dates the more famous Inca society, and died out for unknown reasons around 800 CE.
The researchers also found the nobleman's bones in the tomb, which will be examined by US experts. See hngn.com for more