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>> An ancient throne room discovered beneath the ground in Peru is just one part of a massive find shedding light on a vanished culture. Archeologists on Monday said they've uncovered two ceremonial chambers nearly 1,700 years old, near Peru's northern coast. The walls feature vividly painted fish. There are five pyramidal edifices.
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Researchers said the discovery includes a banquet area with elevated thrown stands. Another room had a podium which was possibly used for making announcements. Both chambers are believed to have been used by the society's elite.>>
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> At the highest parts of the pyramids there are staggered thrones with marks from roofing posts, which are represented in Mochica art as areas or thrones for audiences with Mochica governors.
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>> These findings provide important clues in the understanding of the Moche people's political life before their sudden disappearance. Researchers believe a possible disastrous climate event like El Nino which continues to cause severe flooding to this day could have spelled the end of this civilization. The Moche ruled across Peru's northern desert from 100 to 700 AD