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Chapter 08

Sicán: The Golden Culture

The Sicán (A.D. 800-1375), also known as the Lambayeque people, clustered around several river valleys in northern Peru until they were conquered by the Chimú around A.D. 1375. What we know of the Sicán today is thanks to the tireless efforts of archaeologists as these ancient settlements have been the target of some of the most intense looting in South America, making piecing together the history of the Sicán that much more difficult. Nevertheless, we know the Sicán were incredible metallurgists who built monumental ceremonial mounds and spread a distinctive type of mold-made black pottery through their vast trade networks.

    Photograph Courtesy:
    • Carlos Wester La Torre