1,500 year old ‘bat­tle claws’ dis­cov­ered in Peru

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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

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