The Transitional Period (850-1000 AD) was the time between the collapse of the Moche hegemony in the valley and the rise of the expansive Lambayeque state. It was a period of change between two traditions which, in the absence of centralized power, allowed for free expression of the diverse cultural manifestations.
The archaeological evidence corresponding to this period suggests a time of marked cultural eclecticism, in which local traditions intermingled with foreign styles of the central coast and those of the highlands of Cajamarca and Ayacucho. Additionally, it is typical to find artifacts that resemble those of the Moche culture, and proto-Lambayeque style exemplars that proliferated in the subsequent period. Accordingly, the tombs of the Transitional Period are exceptional contexts with very particular contents and structural characteristics.
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