Moche

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Mo·che

 (mō′chā, -chĕ) also Mo·chi·ca (mō-chē′kə)
n. pl. Moche or Mo·ches or Mochica or Mo·chi·cas
1. A pre-Incan civilization that flourished on the northern coast of Peru from about the first to eighth centuries ad, known especially for its pottery vessels modeled into naturalistic human and animal figures.
2. A member of a people sharing the Moche culture.
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Indeed, the Mochica culture (BC 100-AD 700) developed earlier than the Chimu culture (ad 1300-1470); although both cultures flourished in the Moche Valley (Figure 1, panel B), the Chimu culture was a continuation of the Mochica culture (31).