The stones were found in 1961 by farmers beneath the sands of the vast desert of Ocucaje, on the coast of the Department of Ica, Peru.
Chan Chan, now largely destroyed, once produced a spectacular array of artistic works such as gold jewelry, feather mantles, great textiles, and considerable work in wood and clay.
Sometime later, the Lima were conquered by the Huari (Wari) people.
Like the Moche before them, the Huari were a warrior society that appreciated fine artistry and design.
Coastal Huari cultures produced textiles of the highest quality.
Their ceramics, although less refined than those of Tiwanaku, stressed solid construction, bold design, and a rich use of colors.