An American Inca

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Vicus Culture


Vicus culture emerged in the era of 100 years before and 400 years after Christ, their style surrounded the upper area of what is now known as the Department of Piura, in northern Peru. This culture was discovered by clandestine diggers ( known as "Huaqueros"), during the late 1950s, in the area of Frias, province of Ayabaca. After its discovery and during the following decade, studies in the area of Mount Vicus, managed to locate the largest cemetery of this cultural style. It was estimated that during the years it was exploited illegally by the "Huaqueros", more than two thousand graves were desecrated. It is estimated that more than 40 thousand specimens extracted from the site became part of private collections all over the world. The Vicus Culture appeared to have some interaction with neighboring ancient cultures of Peru and Ecuador. Ecuadorian ceramics and pottery are similar to the early Vicus and Mochica style.


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