Chavin Civilization


The Chavin civilization flourished between 900 and 200 BCE in the northern and central Andes and was one of the earliest pre-Inca cultures. The Chavin religious centre Chavin de Huantar became an important Andean pilgrimage site, and Chavin art was equally influential both with contemporary and later cultures from the Paracas to the Incas, helping to spread Chavin imagery and ideas and establish the first universal Andean belief system.

More about: Chavin Civilization


  • 900 BCE - 200 BCE
    The Chavin civilization flourishes in ancient Peru.
  • c. 750 BCE
    The Old Temple is constructed at Chavin de Huantar.
  • c. 500 BCE
    The New Temple is constructed at Chavin de Huantar.