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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  • 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.