Fragment of the ‘Mural of the Myths’ in the Huaca de la Luna pyramid. Moche Culture, north central coast of Peru, A.D. 1-700.

Exhibition route.

Andean places, people and culture.


Ancient Andean societies never developed a writing system. Instead, thousands of years ago they created different systems for recording information and circulating it over vast distances across linguistic barriers. Because these communication systems did not rely on the sounds of a specific language or languages, Andean peoples of different origins and languages were able to share the cultural and conceptual universe these systems conveyed. Some of these systems are so ingenious and complex that investigators have only begun to understand and decodify them in recent years. These systems use the senses of sight, sound, touch, movement and smell to transmit their messages successfully. These kinds of systems are also present in modern-day societies.