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The Cover
April 24, 2002

Portrait Vessel of a Man With Harelip and Tattoos

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;287(16):2038. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2038

Well before the celebrated Incan era, an ancient civilization flourished along the Moche River valley in northern Peru. The Moche people, who took their name from their riparian location, eventually occupied a large part of coastal Peru, despite its isolation by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. Using the broadest span of dates, the Moche culture, also known as Mochica, flourished from 200 BCE to 800 CE. From the Piura Valley, near the border with Ecuador, the Mochica people conquered other tribes and expanded their range to the Nepena Valley, 250 miles north of modern Lima.

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