This volume is split into two parts, the first detailing historical engagement (mainly from the nineteenth century on) with the Moche site of Pañamarca on the north coast of Peru (which contains murals dating from ca. 600–800 CE and was occupied by the Moche earlier, the dates of which are unknown), the second detailing the findings of the 2010 field excavation and conservation campaign carried out by Lisa Trever, Jorge Gamboa, Ricardo Toribio, and Ricardo Morales. In part 1, Trever presents the history of Pañamarca's place in our knowledge of Moche mural painting and visual culture. Trever delves into the context of mural finds at the site, recovering and recounting the times that adventurers, scholars, and looters uncovered painted adobe walls among the architectural remains.

The unfortunate truth is that these finds, once seen and only sometimes photographed or drawn, were often...

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