Perspectives in the Pampa: ancient american huge ground drawings in Peru's desert

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The archaeological heritage – dangered by grave looting
Large style looting destroys archaeological coherences and findings.
Primary in recent years systematical scientific excavations began. Apart from Italian excavations in Cahuachi German-Swiss-Peruvian inverstigations of Paracas and Nazca period settlements and graves near Palpa lead to new insights.
Cahuachi is considered as ritual center of the early and middle Nazca culture. Here, with aid of adobe brick walls natural hills were modelled to a landscape of stepped pyramids.
Along the valley rims unnumerous funnel shaped pits point to looted graves (marked red).
Unmarketable grave gifts remain.
Excavation of Paracas period building remains in a settlement at Jauranga
Find of an excavation: a comb of organic materials
Half unearthed grave vessels
Ultimately – grave goods still coherent and not splitted up in the art-dealing. Inventory of a grave at Los Molinos: among other some Nazca period vessels, a squash shell with rough cotton, a comb, two coiled twine rolls and a spindle with spun thread.
Excavation of a pit tomb at La Muña from middle Nazca period
The reconstruction of the adobe brick walls of Cahuachi is not everywhere accepted.
Cahuachi from above: reconstructions, recent excavations and older lootings
The Cahuachi step pyramids before the systematic excavations began
Imaginative reconstruction of the step pyramids
Panorama of the partly rebuilt pyramids
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