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This paper present a study of elite mortuary practices in the north coast of Ancient Perú, specifically at the regional cemetery of San José de Moro in the Jequetepeque-Chamán region during the Transitional period (circa A.D. 800-1000). During this period, the local elite mortuary tradition experienced changes and continuities as part of a major process of sociopolitical transformations during and after the collapse of the local Moche polity. As a case study that exemplifies this process, I present a description and analysis of Burial M-U615, an Early Transitional collective tomb associated with successive interments of local ceremonial leaders and members of their elite group. Comparing diverse characteristics of Burial M-U615 with previous Late Moche elite burials also allow me to explain elite mortuary practices as ideological mechanisms used in the legitimization of ceremonial leadership at San José de Moro during the Early Transitional phase.