Paracas Culture

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Early Horizon farming communities living on the southern coast of Peru in the period 1000–500 bc, named after the type‐site of Paracas on the coast of Peru. Heavily influenced by the Chavín Culture, the Paracas Culture is mainly known from burials and ceremonial sites. Ceramics are often decorated with incised geometric or representational motifs, and painted after firing with resin‐based paints. Woven textiles of very high quality are known, some used as wrapping for mummies. Tapestries were woven and embroidered with depictions of mythical creatures. The Paracas Culture was antecedent to the Nasca Culture.

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