Ancient Andean Cultures

Ancient Metals and Ancient Mines – Part 1

Rich deposits of metals, created by the dynamic geologic environment that built the rugged Andes Mountains, became intertwined with Andean cultures in the New World. The Incas and their ancestors created metal products primarily for aesthetic uses and for religious goods. This contrasts with Old World cultures, where the emphasis was on the mechanical properties of metals -- strength, hardness and sharpness—for tools and weapons.

10 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Llamas

The possibility that a llama antibody holds promise for a treatment for Covid-19 burst into the news recently. And this is just the latest of the many ways that llamas, originating in the Andes Mountains of South America, have been of great value to human societies over thousands of years.... read on to learn things you may not know about llamas.

By |2020-05-15T09:53:41-07:00May 14th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|4 Comments

Fangs and Claws of Gold — Supernatural Creatures in Ancient Chavín Art

An eagle image covered with multiple fangs and claws -- a creature with a swirl of serpents replacing the fur –– a scowling half human/half beast figure on a crown – all meticulously crafted from hammered sheets of gold. These objects are among the many exquisite pieces of art crafted by the Chavín...

By |2020-04-23T13:17:29-07:00April 23rd, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|6 Comments

Tales of Transformation at Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar, high in the Andes Mountains of northern Peru, was the seat of an important religious power and cult that flourished for hundreds of years, beginning about 3,000 years ago.  Shamanic beliefs and practices apparently played a central role in this religion, with some individuals using hallucinogenic drugs to reach altered states of consciousness for interactions with the spirit world. Exotic and somewhat sinister art forms, recognized as an essential part of the religion, depict these transformations.

By |2020-03-18T19:26:27-07:00March 18th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|4 Comments

Water and Power at Chavín de Huántar

Machu Picchu, the city built by the Incas on a steep mountain ridge, is a tremendous engineering achievement – and only one of many impressive constructions by the ancient Andeans. Among these is Chavín de Huántar in northern Peru, with a sprawling temple complex that was once the center of a powerful cult and an important pilgrimage site.

By |2020-03-04T20:25:58-07:00March 4th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|0 Comments
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