The Prehistoric Civilization Of Chavin

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The prehistoric civilization of Chavin, a name of which has been given to the Chavin culture since the name for which the original indigenous people had is unknown, spanned approximately 700 years in the Andean highlands of Peru through the Mosna Valley and spread its cultures ideology and technological advances far beyond its immediate geographic region over a period time known as the Early Horizon (Druck, 2004). Among the many things Chavin has been recognized for over the history of its archaeological research is the culture of Chavin de Huantar, found in the Andean Highlands, believed to be built almost 3,000 years ago. The importance of this site, as a political and religious center for its people, has been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of 1,052 sites globally. Furthermore, the archaeological work in Chavin, particularly in the research of ceramics has led to identifying the culture in three stages – Urabarriu, Chakinani, Jarabarriu, (Druck, 2004). (Druc, 2004). John Rick writes that, Overtime, these changes in populations showed they were moving from a “small-scale societies to much larger populations with increasingly differentiated power and privilege,” (p. 4,

THREE STAGES Early on in the first stage, the Urabarriu spanned 400 years where the Chavin de Huantar site was comprised of a few residential areas away from the ceremonial center where only a few hundred people resided. Though the Chavin people grew maize, the incorporation of deer,…
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