Cahuachi

Definition

Cahuachi, located on the southern coast of Peru, was the most important sacred site of the Nazca civilization. The Nazca flourished between 200 BCE and 600 CE, and Cahuachi covers a similar time period. The site, which was used for harvest festivals, ancestor worship, and burials, is dominated by a series of huge ceremonial mounds and plazas. These have been a rich source of Nazca artefacts ranging from mummies to textiles, all well-preserved in the arid climate.

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Timeline

  • c. 550 BCE
    The sacred Nazca site of Cahuachi is abandoned, probably due to climate change and earthquake.
  • 200 BCE - 600 CE
    The Nazca civilization flourishes in ancient Peru.
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