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directed the production and distribution of these precious materials. Not a city in Western terms, Pampa Grande existed to enact ceremonies. The lord presided at such rituals as the drinking of blood from prisoners of war. Some scholars think that a EnduringEchoes of Peru'sPast prolonged drought about A.D. 550 displaced large groups of Moche living to the south. Pampa Grande may then have become the center of a state holding sway over the Lambaye que and Jequetepeque Valleys. Pampa Grande's end seems emblematic of the mystery that surrounds much of the Moche past. The structures associated with the rich and powerful rul ing class appear to have been selectively burned, after which the entire site was abandoned. Some scholars have suggested that a peasant revolution might have been the cause.