Don't you love having an encyclopedia at your fingertips? Anyway, the ruins are slowly melting into the sand because they are made of mud. Now that the ruins are mostly uncovered rains are melting them into the sand from where they came. Thousands of years ago this was more desert and rains were rare. Climate change has changed that.
The ruins of the Rainbow Temple are within the city of Trujillo and efforts are being made to restore it to what archaeologists think it may have looked like. Some of the walls still have bits of paint which gives the restorers a hint that the temple complex worshiped rain. During the rainy season blue tarps drape the walls to keep them from dissolving into sand.
Restoration efforts vary, from restoring walls, to restoring carvings on the walls.
|Some of the carvings uncovered carefully.|
Unfortunately, all of the ruins are basically sand castles, preserved by luck more than anything else. Local historians tell the Moche history as best they can because there isn't a written language.
|A wall that has been completely restored.|
|The source of water for the city.|
The only source of water for the ancient community was found to be contaminated by ancient sacrifices. The history seems to point toward human sacrifices to bring rain, or to make the rain stop. But contaminating the water led to illness and eventually death.
|Niches in the walls probably held some religion artifacts that are long gone.|